Above is the earliest photo of the house, taken prior to the 1921 construction of the Newman designed mansion on the lot to the north. The house was situated on the north lot line which provided the maximum distance and privacy for the Bach family from the existing home to the south. Working in the brickyard with his four brothers, Emil Bach had breathing problems which, according to his grandson, Owen, he treated by walking out to his back porch down to the lake every day and swimming. At the time of construction, there were no structures between the house and the lake. The Farcroft Apartments, built in 1928, tower over the Bach House and completely block the view of the lake from the terrace to the northeast. H.L. Hollister’s mansion on Bryan (later Jarvis St) was demolished around the same time and two four-story courtyard apartment buildings completed the screen of the lake to the southeast. Originally, a chimney enclosure was constructed in order to balance the step design of the house. Had the house been built according to the original design, the enclosure would have had the same orientation as the interior chimney mass. During the design presentation, Wright changed the interior chimney mass orientation to run east-west, perpendicular to the exterior chimney enclosure. By the time the Emil Bach sold the house in 1934, the roof chimney enclosure had deteriorated to such a degree that it was removed and never rebuilt. The house remained substantially unchanged through the next twenty years. Photographs taken in the mid-1940s by Gilman Lane show that the only significant exterior changes that were made to the structure was the enclosure of the porch off the south-facing bedroom and an addition of a shed off the rear service entrance. James F. Blinder bought the Bach House in June of 1959 and decided to undertake a full scale "restoration" of the residence. The Historic American Building Survey (HABS) study of the house done in the spring of 1966 documents some of the exterior changes made by Blinder – analysis of historic photographs gives us more.