This lovely home was built in the Arts and Crafts style with the emphasis on the horizontal. The wide overhang of the eves, in this early example of what has come to be known as a bungalow, is indicative of the influence of the Prairie School of architecture created by Frank Lloyd Wright. However, the façade is marked by a front gable and Ionic columns that are more reminiscent of the Classical Revival forms of the late 19th century. The pediment triangle above the first floor frames a triple ribbon window with half timbered design on the stucco. The windows have multiples of six or eight panes of glass over a single pane below. The full width porch has a flat roof to preserve the horizontal line.
The home is entered on the far left, allowing for a large living room with wide bay across the front of the home. These windows and others on the first floor are three panes over one. The design of the windows in the door is based on Arts and Crafts design, which features crossed mullions that allow unequally sized panes of glass. Next to the door is a sidelight which sheds daylight into the first small entrance hallway leading to the reception hall. The beautiful oak woodwork around the doorways and windows is stained but not varnished. The woodwork includes crown moldings, which were popular in late 19th and early 20th century homes.
In the reception hall, a beautiful stained glass window offers light without a view of the next door apartment building. The design of the three-part window features a lyre in the center window and fleur-de-lis on the two side windows. The colors are golden earth tones. That this is an example of the early Chicago Bungalow is apparent in the floor plan, which includes a wide opening to the living room and another wide opening to the dining room. There are no parlors or second parlors in this living space.
The center of attention in the living room is the fireplace, with Arts and Crafts designed tiles in earth tones surrounding it. A simple beam forms the mantel. The room is both cozy and open, since it connects to the dining room through a wide opening framed in oak. The dining room is large, with an oak-beamed ceiling. A unique bay window, with full sized windows on the sides and a stained glass window above, allows a space for a sideboard or hutch along the wall below. The window design is based on a grapevine.
From the dining room, you can enter a back hallway, which opens onto three bedrooms, a bath and a kitchen. The floor in this area is maple. The woodwork in the back area is pine. One of the bedrooms will be open. The kitchen is at the back of the house and is quite large, allowing for a table and chairs, as well as work areas and storage. It was remodeled in the 1950s with Formica covered cabinets and counter tops. Recently, the owner has had an artist, Sunny Parenteau, replicate in stencil an old Swedish folk art design on the soffit above the cabinets. A small pantry is off the kitchen near the back door. This door opens onto a small porch and then out to the yard.
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