USA Historic Preservation Tour and a Chicago Bungalow

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Second Historic Preservation Award Presentation in Chicago

We left Lansing Michigan at 5.30 am and headed for Chicago for me to give my second Historic Preservation Award at 10 am.  After being in Lansing for a few weeks, Chicago city seemed enormous!  The morning sun gleamed on the downtown highrises as we made our way through rush hour traffic toward the historic neighborhood of Lincoln Square.

Early morning Chicago

The architecture in Chicago is quite unique. LOTS and LOTS of brick!  One of the most iconic residential homes in Chicago is the bungalow. Neighborhoods of detached, low-rise, single-family homes were built between 1910 and 1940 and the bungalow is the most common type of building in Chicago. Here’s a classic example.

A row of Chicago bungalows.

My second award recipient is Julie Liska, an architect, preservationist and owner of a classic historic Chicago Bungalow and she lovingly restored her bungalow in the Lincoln Square community.  For many years she has worked with the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association to promote bungalow preservation through educational seminars and events in bungalow communities throughout the city, thereby sharing her knowledge of historic materials, energy efficiency and quality design practices.  It was only fitting therefore to have the Deputy Director of the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association, Faith Rackow, on hand to also honor Julie.

Here is the image of the original painting I created and awarded to Julie so you can see what a beautiful job she did in restoring her bungalow home.

Preservation award winning Chicago bungalow

And the award goes to . . .

Artist Leisa Collins with Julie Liska who is holding her original painting award
Artist Leisa Collins, Award recipient Julie Liska and Historic Chicago Bungalow Assoc. D-Dir Faith Rackow
Leisa Collins, Julie Liska with her award, and Bruce Goodman

We had a great time with Julie and Faith over a strong pot of coffee and delicious scones freshly baked by Julie’s husband Steve. You can get a good idea of the philosophy of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the United States through these photos.  For your info, “bungalow” has become a generic term to describe any one or one-and-a-half story house or cottage. In Chicago, however, the Historic Chicago Bungalow refers to a single-family home with the following features:

  •      One and one half stories
  •      Rectangular shape: narrow at the front and rear ends, longer on the sides
  •      Full basement
  •      Generous windows
  •      Face brick with stone trim
  •      Low-pitched roof with overhang
  •      Offset front entrance, or side entrance
Bruce being given tour of Julie’s Chicago Bungalow
Restored Craftsman dining room
Bedroom in restored Chicago Bungalow
Restored Craftsman bathroom

We spend the rest of the day driving and walking around some of the lovely historic neighborhoods of Chicago which were displaying some of the first signs of spring with blossoming trees and bright pink and purple tulips.  Our favorite neighborhood was Oak Park.  Great restaurants and cafes too!  But after all, that’s what Chicago is renowned for.

Then it was time to drive off into the sunset!  More events tomorrow and a few hundred miles to travel to get there through the states of Illinois and Iowa.  Rural Illinois is quote picturesque.

Driving off into the sunset

See you next in the heartland of America in the rural town of Woodbine, Iowa!

Leisa