Sunday, December 9, 2007


Welcome to my blog about one of my biggest interests, no, passions, well, obsession, which is the traditional or vernacular Chicago apartment building. The focus of this blog is going to be on pre-war buildings, however I will try to feature some from newer vintages and other locations for fun as well.

There are a lot of things that make Chicago a great city, but our housing stock is one of the unsung heroes in that greatness. I had originally wanted to name this blog "Beyond the Bungalow", but unfortunately, that name has already been taken as the title of a book about Bungalows and the Craftsman movement. However, fear not, this blog will not dwell on 4+1's in the least (though, at some point, they may be illustrated as an example), but was suggested by a friend (Thanks Geaux!). And sorry Herr Van der Rohe, but neither your luxus palazzo residence or luxurious steel and glass towers is home to the average Chicagoan (wonderful as both types are) who lives beyond the lakefront.

One of my first tasks will be to categories or create a typology of the basic types of apartment buildings found in Chicago.

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