When housewalk season begins, it's a sure sign that spring is finally here. Kicking off a season of local home tours, Oak Park-based Parenthesis Family Center offers an annual favorite with their 29th Kitchen Walk on Saturday, April 26.
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."
Two important anniversaries take place in 2014 for Oak Park's Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio. First is the 125th anniversary of Wright's iconic home. In 1889, he borrowed $5,000 from boss Louis Sullivan to build his home at the corner of Forest and Chicago avenues (in 1898, he also added the famed studio onto his home).
Jim King's highest academic degree is a high school GED. How he went from stocking shelves at a National Tea store to being the director of elderly and disabled housing for the Oak Park Residence Corporation for the last 14 years is a story about learning on the job and in the classroom of life.
When the owners of Magic Tree Bookstore, Iris and Victor Yipp, planned their annual winter vacation, architecture was the last thing on their minds. They planned to ski in the small town of Whitefish, Mont., and visit Glacier National Park afterward.
They say a property owner's home is his (or her) castle, and the recently rehabilitated Charles Castle house on Linden Avenue is hitting the market with all the bells and whistles that home buyers, male and female, will find attractive.
Oak Park residents Mac and Harriette Robinet installed ground source heat pumps (geothermal system) outside their home in 2011 and 12 solar panels on their garage roof last summer. Mac, who worked as a physicist at Argonne National Laboratory for 39 years, estimates they are already saving 20% on the cost of energy.
In a village that values its historic homes, bragging rights go along with title of oldest home. But just what is the oldest home in Oak Park? Many, including historians, architecture buffs, and this very paper, have assumed that title went to the Garland House at 241 Home Ave. Presumed to be built at some point in the 1850s, the home has often been called the oldest in town.
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.
As their first-year numbers rolled in, Ana Garcia Doyle, and her spouse Jim Doyle, say they are starting to enjoy the energy savings related to the "greening up" of their 94-year-old American Four Square home in Oak Park.