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living large

Chicago, Home edition, Fall/Winter 2004


Some apartments are a slam-dunk before the architect even gets out her sketchpad. If your apartment has sweeping views of Lake Michigan, Soldier Field, and the Frank Gehry - designed Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, it must be tempting to order easy chairs and binoculars and call it a day. 

Instead, the young professional couple who bought this raw industrial loft space in the South Loop rejected the suggested floor plan of the developer and brought in architect Kathryn Quinn...

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the new homestead

Chicago Tribune Magazine, October 5, 2003


Thirty-five years ago a young father decided he wanted to raise his family in the country and bought 250 acres in the northwest suburbs. Over time, he established a compound, which includes a quarter horse farm, a 20-acre lake, two swimming pools, a tennis court, a nursery, and wheat and alfalfa fields. Today his son and daughter are adults so deeply devoted to each other and the place where they grew up that they have returned home...

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As time goes by

Chicago Home Edition, Spring/Summer 2003


"When I bought the apartment, it was so rundown," says the current owner, a single father with three adopted children. "But the location and the building were spectacular." A courtyard was hidden in the back - a secret garden behind a facade of brick with decorative terra cotta trim. The family was giving up the light of a West Loop loft, but when they moved to their new place last spring, they gained views of some of the best of Lincoln Park...

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Detail oriented

HOME, February 2002


When the owners of this 100-year-old house on Chicago's North Shore bought it from friends, they envisioned "a little work in the kitchen and a bit of painting." But as they consulted architect Kathryn Quinn, and interior designer Patrick J Di Michele, the project kept expanding. "We had so much fun that we just kept going," says the homeowner. "Everyone was incredibly open," says Di Michele. "It was the most extraordinary collaboration I've ever experienced..."

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Retreat for all seasons

American Homestyle & Gardening, December 1999


Perched high on a sandy bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, the secluded vacation home looks as if it had been built in the 1890s. In reality, it's only a few years old. But, says Kathryn Quinn, the home's architect, a sense of timelessness was what the owners, a professional couple from Chicago, wanted to achieve when they commissioned her to build their retreat..