Rare Pair 1920 Wall Sconces R. Harold Zook Chgo. Architect

ART DECO-Modernism


Designer VerificationAttributed
Country of origin
United States
Material and techniquesCast metal and glass tubes
excellent rewired and ready to use.
Measures (Inches)
- Width: 14 - Length: 14 - Depth: 3.5

Rare pair od circa 1920 metal & glass wall sconces designed for a residense by R. Harold Zook and removed from that Hinsdale, IL house. These lights were purchased from the demolition company that dismantled the house. There are two pair of these sconces available, being sold one pair at a time. 

Roscoe Harold Zook (21 May 1889 – 17 April 1949) was an American architect best known for his work in suburban ChicagoIllinois. He received a degree in architecture from the Armour Institute of Technology (now Illinois Institute of Technology, or IIT) in 1914. Zook built a home and studio in Hinsdale in 1924. In 1925, Zook partnered with William F. McCaughey, a fellow apprentice of Shaw, to start a new architectural firm, operating out of the Auditorium Building. Later, he opened a new office on the 17th floor of the Marquette Building. He designed thirty-four homes and buildings in Hinsdale from 1922 to 1953.[3] Twenty-eight houses in the neighborhood are still occupied.[4] He also worked in Iowa, Wisconsin and Virginia.[5]

He is known for the "Cotswold style cottages" he designed which use details from Tudor architecture including timber framing, exposed beams, diamond-shaped window panes, and intricate brick or stonework. He developed a roofing technique that came to be known as the "Zook roof", with wood shingles laid out in an undulating pattern across the surface to recreate the appearance of a thatched roof. The roofers used "rolled eaves" at the edges of the roof to make a curved transition into the wall below.[5] Zook designed ornamental ironwork for several of these houses using a trademark spider web pattern.


The Pickwick Theatre, in downtown Park Ridge

In partnership with architect William F. McCaughey, Zook designed the 1928 art decostyle Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge, Illinois. This was their only theater design, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6] The theater features a 100-foot-tall (30 m) tower and lantern, a unique marquee and one of the original installations of a Mighty Wurlitzer theater organ.[7]