This Chicago Bungalow is certified by the Chicago Bungalow Association. The permit was taken out on June 16, 1916. The architect was P.F. Olson. The original owner was Mr. Parlina, who lived at Magnolia and Rosedale. The construction was by J. Anderson & Son. The final inspection of the home was on October 20, 1916.
It has some unique features and is not exactly like many of the other bungalows in Chicago. For one thing, it was built as a one story house. The half story above was only an attic when the current owners bought the home in 1992. The focal point of the façade is a beautiful sun porch with 4 over 2 casement windows in an arts and crafts design. The gable is called a clipped gable, which was used on some arts and crafts homes.
As you enter the home, you immediately see a beautiful staircase in the entrance hall. It was added in order to have access to the second floor, for the addition of more bedrooms. Note the craftsmanship of the newel post and the larger first step. This area once held a large closet and the only way to reach the second floor was with a pull down ladder.
As part of the improvement of the home, the attic space above the living room was opened to the room to expose the ribbon windows on the façade high above the floor, letting light into this beautiful open space. The living room, with arched fireplace and built-in book shelves, opens into the sun porch.
Along the hallway to the rear of the home were originally two bedrooms that have been made into one master bedroom with large closets. The bath across the hall has the original subway tile and the original bathtub. It also has a storage closet.
A few steps further and you are in the open and beautiful dining room, with an original glass shade fixture above the table. A plate rail high along the perimeter is used for decorative plates. The dining room also has 3 on 2 light casement windows and a corner hutch. This room opens onto the quaint breakfast room at the rear of the home.
The kitchen is just off the dining room. The cabinetry and counters have been updated. The refrigerator is in the pantry, just like the original ice box. You can see where the original drain hole was in the pantry and, on the back porch, you see the original ice delivery door.
The home has two more floors for you to see. As you go up the stairs, you enter a cozy reading room, which leads to two bedrooms. This is the space that was added to make the home livable for a family. As you go down the stairs you enter a large recreation and TV Room. This recreation room originally had a wooden floor that was in bad repair when the current owners purchased the home. The wood flooring was removed and a concrete foundation was added to create this casual living space. The original dining room buffet is in use in this room.
It is wonderful to see how the owners have improved this home for family living. This Bungalow provides for cottage living by the lake!