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 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.