An article recently published in Traditional Building is challenging and worthy of consideration. Author Alvin Holm argues, "The reason we see so little ornament in buildings of our modern culture is that we do not love them."
We all have cabin fever, so chase those blues away by attending a series of free lectures presented in collaboration with the Pleasant Home Foundation. The three intriguing talks will be offered at 7 p.m. in the Veterans Room at Oak Park Public Library. Drive over and park in the underground, protected from the elements.
Perhaps it was the cabin fever or the review of potential houses for my daughter or the new residential commission for a family in Riverside or all of the above that got me thinking what makes a house a home.
Oak Park did the right thing — something to be proud of — and addressed an acute need. Affordable housing for single tenants is less than sexy. It is not an issue we like to face, much less have to fight with the some of the neighbors who cried out, "Not in my backyard!"