Travel Theme: Architecture – Chicago Bungalow

I love all the entries at this photo challenge. Go here to see what I mean. Chicago is an architectural mecca. Many great architects have left their imprints in this city to which Chicago is very proud of.

So am going to stay away from the more common architectural superstars of our city. Instead I would like to show case Berwyn’s bungalows.

Berwyn bungalows

Berwyn bungalows



Berwyn was incorporated in 1902. The city begun when two attorneys and real estate partners, Charles E. Piper and Wilbur J. Andews, purchased 106 acres from the Field syndicate for the development near the CB&Q tracks. It was the fastest growing suburbs soon after they built their own railroad tracks and overnight farms gave way to new homes. The houses they built were made to last and made of bricks.

The first city inhabitants were mostly Czechs and Bohemians. Nowadays they are joined by Lithuanians, Ukrainians, Russians, Poles, Mexicans and Asians.

Today it boasts the most number of Chicago style bungalows in the nation. Berwyn bungalows consists of a basement and an attic and typically has two to three bedrooms, a dining room and kitchen with a detached garage.

I should mark my calendar, September 29th the city is going to host their annual tour of featured bungalows.

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9 Responses to Travel Theme: Architecture – Chicago Bungalow

  1. frizztext says:

    “Chicago is an architectural mecca.
    Many great architects
    have left their imprints in this city…”


  2. bebs1 says:

    The city of Chicago is very proud of its architecture and they go to great lengths to preserve those landmarks.


  3. lolaWi says:

    nice shots B! you captured the charm of an old neighborhood.


  4. bebs1 says:

    Thanks! I can’t compete with all the beautiful architecture everyone is submitting so I thought to do the homes in Berwyn. I could have gone to Oak Park but too lazy to do that. Besides it would have taken us longer.


  5. We have lots of 1930s bungalows here – obviously the era of the bungalow. Our are a bit different though and our houses don’t usually have basements.


  6. bebs1 says:

    Basements are ubiquitous in homes here in the Midwest. Not that we don’t have earthquakes, we do but probably not as prevalent as other states like California. But they do get flooded especially when the sump-pump quit working after a storm and there’s a brown out. The basement adds to the living space.


  7. Vivien says:

    Beautiful pics of the houses in Berwyn, (our house included, me at the porch, lol). They don’t make houses like these anymore. Lots more of these beautiful bungalows in South Berwyn. Most of the houses are now in the Preservation Society.


  8. Vivien says:

    Let us make it a date to see the tour of the bungalows with Wilma.


  9. bebs1 says:

    Yeah and we could also go to Oak Park to add to it.


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