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Also from Google, it can be seen from the map of the roof that the back extension is equal in width to the front of the house. That argues against the back extension being an add-on. The entry on the 6th Street side, under the stair landing, is obviously the service entrance, so that the ganged windows must be in the kitchen, and perhaps the octagonal space is either a breakfast room or a luxuriously proportioned maid's bedroom.
This is one big, fat house, with room for 4 (huge) to 6 (sizable) bedrooms on the second floor, plus 3 more on the third.
The ragtag landscaping and drooping porch roof suggest that the current owners may not be able to maintain the place. I hope it can be preserved.
I'm also wondering about the purported 1889 date - seems a few years too early - I have an email into the preservation person at the Village asking for more info, but she won't be in until next week.
You would have to be of a certain age ... but, remarkably, this Paul Barbour was a (fictional) pilot ... during WWI. Anyone in the family needing advice or comfort went up to his third-story suite to be consoled. Scroll down:SDR wrote:Doesn't ring a bell. Google has a military pilot . . .?
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I frequently don't, which is the problem. The Library of Congress has a website but I've had difficulty finding the maps I've been looking for in the past.Where do you find them ?
I went to Kent State and they have a map library with an impressive collection of Sanborns. However, their hours are not conducive to a visit from someone who works a normal 8-5 (me). I've been meaning for some time to track down the relevant years for Midway Gardens and see exactly how and when the building was ruined by its additions, which the maps will clearly show.
Regarding our Wilmett house, I'm sure that the area with the railing between the two octagonal bays was originally open air. It would make it resemble the front of the Husser house a bit more, also. And yes, I'm probably grasping at straws for that one.
I found this, at the Library of Congress site. I've looked at all 119 images for Cook County; I find no numbered streets !
There are two pages with Central on them, #s 53 and 54.
This has been my huge frustration trying to use Sanborn maps on the Library of Congress website. Wilmette is clearly listed as being on the map in the library's database, but it's not. I'm not sure the map for Wilmette has been digitized either.
"W. Mead Walter was an architect who did a lot of Sullivan inspired stuff. Often quirky, but also fairly good."
A search of old newspapers from the era show W. Mead Walter did indeed design a variety of buildings in the city at the end of the 19th century and into the early 20th century.
1) To the right of the front door, a small den or library, north of which, the main stair on the right side of the entry hall, adjacent to which, a service stair up to a landing above the service entrance on the east faÃƒÂ§ade. The room adjacent to the service door would be the logical place for the kitchen, and the octagonal room in the corner would fit as the breakfast room. In the NW corner, the dining room, north of the living room, which occupies the bulk of the west side of the plan.
2) Instead of the entry hall leading directly to the kitchen, or the door on the east faÃƒÂ§ade a service entry, the room with the ganged windows could be the dining room, and the door on the east faÃƒÂ§ade, easy access to a drive for a carriage (given its early date). In that case, the kitchen would be in the NW corner, with a butler's pantry giving access to both the dining room and an octagonal breakfast room. The service entry in that case would be on the north wall giving access to the garage and alley.
#1 is more likely, since it would explain the window to the right of the Palladian.