This beautiful, classic Chicago greystone is unique to the area. It was built in 1909 by owner N.C. Martin at a cost of $7,000. The builder was Joseph Erickson. The size and dimensions of the building speak of a gracious city home. Placed on a 40 foot lot, it indicates that the original owner planned to live there and wanted a little more space. The front entrance is more spacious with a porch supported by limestone Ionic designed columns. The design of the façade shows continuous horizontal bands of limestone lining up with the window base and the balcony rail. The rusticated stone of the façade is delineated around the second floor windows with a wide flat stone notched at the window line and the top. Above the top is an arched segment with a decorative keystone. This arched design is further developed in the parapet brackets at the base of a sunset or fan design. At the very top sits a sphere. We see on this façade a reference to classical Greek architecture, which makes it a part of the Classical revival style popular in Chicago in the 1890s into the teens.
The exterior porch and the interior hallway feature colored floor tiles with a fret border. The interior has a center floral design much like a small carpet.
The foyer, painted in a vivid green, provides a spectacular entrance to the first floor unit. The hallway offers three doorways - one to the living room, one to the dining room and one to a small office with entrance to the basement recreational room. The space of the living room and dining room flows together with the doorway accented by beautiful oak fluted columns with Ionic capitals. The ceilings are 10 feet high and have a decorative plaster molding edges in both rooms. All the woodwork is oak which was painstakingly restored by the current owners over 12 years of working on the home. At the end of the dining room is a built-in buffet/china-hutch. The leaded glass design is repeated in the window in the same room. The design of the kitchen and bath area has been given careful attention. In the kitchen, the original maple floor has been restored as well as the woodwork and molding. Oak cabinets have been installed matching the original woodwork. With a few minor adjustments, the kitchen plan is much like the original with sink and cabinets on the inside wall. The kitchen table is in the center of the room with a beautiful low ceiling light. The refrigerator has been recessed to improve traffic flow. Off the kitchen is a second bedroom. Also off the kitchen is a pantry complete with original pine cabinet. A small ice box once stood on top of this cabinet with an opening to the back porch for ice delivery.
The back porch itself has been redesigned with the addition of a five window bay with oak woodwork to match the rest of the home. This sun porch has a tile floor and is home to some lovely plants and some unusual pets!
When you exit the home, please linger a moment to enjoy the lovely garden. The current owners have designed this city backyard like an outdoor room with brick walkways and granite pavers.