The McCallister Street Retreat is located on a secondary dune along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. The site is heavily wooded and slopes gently from Northwest to Southeast. The design of the house is a response to the local site conditions along with the desire of the owners for a retreat from a busy life in Chicago.
The primary spaces of the house are all contained on a raised upper level with a small garage and utility spaces on the lower level. Guests arrive at the house after climbing a long stair along the north elevation. The arrival sequence reinforces the journey from outside world to a peaceful interior.