This home was built circa 1890 and reflects elements of the shingle style homes popular in the 1880s and 1890s in Edgewater. It is one of the first homes built in Young’s Addition to Chicago. Decades ago, it had been covered with siding and the front porch had been enclosed. From the street, the home exhibits the detailing of a Queen Anne, with two roof configurations and a charming dormer in the front. From the side, notice the gambrel style roof design and the circular window at the attic level. Additional details include brackets along the front and a small attic window. The oak entrance door has the original beveled glass that allows light in the hallway. Most of the original oak woodwork remains in this hand crafted home. The crown moldings are still in place. In the front hall, the staircase you see has had some alteration. Originally it was a two-way staircase with a second entrance in the dining room going up to the landing. This area was closed off to accommodate a first floor full bath.

The lighting in the home was both gas and electric, indicating a time frame when electricity was new and was not reliably available 24 hours a day. As you pass from the front hall to the front parlor, notice to the left the change in flooring. An alternating oak and walnut inlay creates a border around the room.

The second parlor has been set up as a relaxing room, and features a brick wood burning fireplace surrounded by built in cabinets. The earth tone colors add a cozy warmth to these two rooms.

The dining room has a maple floor and walls in a deep red hue. At the far end are French doors opening to a full width back porch that is a later addition. These doors have replacement stained glass that is based on the glass caught in the background of family photos of the original owners.

The kitchen was modernized years ago. It has both a wainscoting and subway tile as wall treatments. The tin ceiling is an addition by previous owners. The 1950s table and chairs and the vintage stove are unique elements in this room. The back door opens onto to the back porch and the lovely backyard.

You will go to the second floor and see a few of the rooms. On the way up the stairs, look at the beautiful stained glass window. There is an oak ledge there on the wall going up the stairs. At the top of the stairs note at the arrangement of the five bedrooms. The floors on the second floor are maple.

Above the front hall is a small room we would describe as a nursery. The small window has a window bench which fits under the sloping roof of the house. The corner bead that protects one of the corners in the hallway is original and is an indication of the age of the home.

The master bedroom has two windows placed to accommodate the bed. All the doors are original and were painted white. Each door has four panels – two vertical and two horizontal. Off the main hall there is a passageway to the unused attic. Next to that is the bathroom, which has been redesigned to accommodate new Kohler fixtures and the beautiful Travertine tile.

At the back of the house are two more bedrooms tucked under the roof slope. One has been set aside as a reading room. From the window in the room you have a great view of the backyard.