Illinois Creek Ranch

Striking a balance between honoring the integrity of the site and designing a boldly contemporary project

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Located in the Flint Hills of Kansas—the country’s last remaining tallgrass prairie—this residence for a family of five is be sited on a flat limestone outcropping of their farmstead. Our scheme bends with the contours of the hill, and is sited to make the most of passive heating by the sun and cooling by the constant breezes. The house is divided into four sections: garage, living and dining room, master bedroom, and children’s bedrooms. Each section has a pitched roof, the distinguishing feature of the region’s barns and outbuildings, and they are linked together by two glass-enclosed breezeways with flat, planted roofs. The garage and children’s bedroom are angled outward to open up the living room to expansive views of the surrounding landscape. A pond sits at the bottom of the hill, and the other farm structures are visible in the distance. The materials are simple and durable: reclaimed lumber siding, a standing seam metal roof and a stone base.
  • 2015
  • Architect
  • Alma, KS
  • 5,600 SF


  • Ron and Kelly Lockton

Eldo Team

  • Principal: David Dowell, AIA
  • Project Manager: Sean Slattery, AIA, LEED AP BD+C


  • Contractor: Gene Fritzel Construction
  • Structural Engineer: Genesis Structures
  • Interior Designer: George Terbovich


  • 2016 AIA Kansas Design Awards - Honor Award


Photography by

  • Mike Sinclair


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