Sister Bay, Home on the Bluff
As a photographer, one often finds themselves with unique photographic opportunities. This month, June 2021 I was called to create real estate photography for a home in Sister Bay, WI. This home sits on a very secluded wooded bluff of the Niagara Escarpment overlooking the waters of the bay of Green Bay.
The home was designed by Chicago architect Edward Shannon III as a retirement home for his parents Joan & Edward Jr. Shannon also of Chicago, IL.
Designed in the style of Bauhaus & Mies vander Rohe, this 3,500 sq. ft. house is built into the slope of the property. Chicago Tribune writer, Barber Sullivan writes, “Standing below the house and looking up, one sees three levels of dramatically different geometric shapes, all of them with decks and windows.”
The homes’ distinctive feature is the laminated, barrel-vault wood beams for the roof over a large portion of the building.
A 23 ft. high fireplace is made of Door County Stone and was constructed by a local, (Baileys Harbor), 4th generation stonemason, Rick Zak.
In 1997, the house and its design won the Residential Design Award from the American Institute of Architects, Northwest Illinois Chapter.