Urbig House

 1915 - 1917

The Story

Impressed by the work he did for the Riehls, the Urbig family commissioned a home from Mies in 1915. Mies' first design called for a modern flat roof, but this was rejected. The new plan offered a more traditional hipped roof with five dormer windows.

Such revisions were common, and led many architects in the early 20th century to revert to conventional aesthetics. While Urbig House may be overly elaborate in decor, it is finely made, demonstrating Mies' attention to detail and mastery of planning and construction.