Though the official name of this section is WednesdayJournalHomes.com, we unofficially think of it as “Nosy Neighbors” because, like many of you, we love wondering about the many and varied residences in the unofficial “living house museum” that is Oak Park and River Forest.

So before 2015 arrives, we thought we’d give you one last glimpse from 2014’s “parade of homes.”

1) March 12: The owners of this Linden Avenue home in Oak Park are the only ones who can officially say, “My home is my Castle.” The Charles Castle home, which is on the National Historic Register, went on the market last spring for $1.7 million. It was designed for Mr. Castle in 1924 by architect Frederick Schock, who designed a number of the showplaces in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood.

2) May 14: The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust marked a milestone year (40th anniversary) with three celebrations, including the 40th anniversary of the first Wright Plus, the granddaddy of all housewalks. To highlight the occasion, the May 17 walk featured “All Wright” homes, including the Isabel Roberts house in River Forest, which was designed by Wright in 1908, then remodeled it at the age of 88 in 1955. Roberts, by the way, was a member of Wright’s Studio.

3) May 28: And speaking of Roberts, the work of the most prolific, Prairie-style architect in Oak Park, E.E. Roberts, can be found throughout the Wright Historic District, and one of his most prominent, the Joseph K. Dunlop house on North Kenilworth Avenue, went on the market for $2.25 million. Dunlop was the grandson of Oak Park’s first Anglo settler, Joseph Kettlestrings.

4) June 11: The Wright Trust held its second of three 40th anniversary celebrations on Founders Day, June 17, highlighting the extraordinary efforts of the volunteers who formed a nonprofit in 1974 and proceeded to restore Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home & Studio to its early 20th century grandeur. We featured the “core crew” in “then and now” photos in which the Studio looks much better 40 years later, while the crew looks, well, like fine wine.

5) Sept. 24: Mary and Tim Cozzens live in one of the oldest homes in town, and this one also has a connection with the Kettlestrings. Built around 1865 for one of the Kettlestrings’ sons, the home was still owned by the family when the Cozzens became the first non-Kettlestrings owners. The house certainly captures the feeling of early Oak Park.

6) Oct. 1: Lest we be accused of not being modern enough, we ran a preview of Pleasant Home Foundation’s 20th-Century Modernism Housewalk, which included the Abe A. Brown house in River Forest, a late International Style home designed by Albert Belrose in 1957.

7) Oct. 8: But we never took a break for long from Frank this past year. And that included early Wright, such as the Robert Parker house, which sold in two months. If it looks a little less horizontal than your average Wright home, that’s because it’s one of the “bootleg” houses that he designed while working for Louis Sullivan. All three can be found close together on Chicago Avenue.

8) Oct. 15: For a complete change of pace, we profiled Alan and Nancy Smiley’s Swiss chalet in River Forest when it went on the market for $5.2 million. Formally known as the Frank X. Oechslin house, the Smileys owned it for 40 years and filled it with a taxidermy collection that Alan purchased, the perfect complement to his rideable backyard train set.

9) Nov. 12: Our remembrance of the late, great Jeanette Fields, ambassador of architecture, brought us back to one more Frank Lloyd Wright home, the 1901 E.A. Davenport house in River Forest, where she and Ellis raised their family. Turned out it was a fixer-upper when they bought it in 1970, but she was just the person to turn it into a showcase.

10) Dec. 3: And the place to go to furnish all these architectural gems (presuming you have the wherewithal) is the annual December Toomey Gallery auction, which this year featured the remarkable Arts & Crafts collection of Robert and Elaine Dillof.

Who knows what treasures lie in store for home lovers in 2015? Stay tuned.

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