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DavidC
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For sale: Foster House - Chicago, IL

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SDR
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Watch out -- something funny happened to my computer when I opened that link. A pop-up ad with sound began, then all hell broke loose.


Anyway, we have earlier entries for this property; here's one from 2005, 18 months before I stumbled aboard this vessel. Did the low thread number -- like an ancient vanity plate on observed on Cape Cod, say:


http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=26

http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewtopic.php?t=698

peterm
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Reidy
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Photo #8 is the first time I've seen a gothic arch in his work. Did he ever do any others?

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Despite being labeled "Stephen A Foster Summer Cottage" in both Monograph 1 and in Taschen I, the text tells us that this house was intended for year-round use.

The exoticism present in some details was current in Wright's thinking c. 1900; the flared gable-end eaves here are also found in the Fred Jones summer house and boathouse and in the Bradley and Hickox residences.

A unique feature, not appreciated in photos, is the slight batter to the exterior walls of the house.




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Post by Roderick Grant »

Reidy, there is the unbuilt project (Jesse Baldwin, 1895, Mono 1/72) with a gothic arched entrance, and, oddly, FLW added a gothic bay on the east façade of the 1923 rebuilding of Nathan Moore House (Mono 4/248-256) even though the original Tudor design of 1895 (Mono 1/64-7) did not have anything predating Henry VIII.

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I read somewhere that the bay window on Moore was part of the 1890s original. He had to sublet the design work because he didn't know enough about historical styles.

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From the same photographer, a door to the 1894 Roloson houses exhibits a detail that would become a signature of the Arts and Crafts entrance door: a heavy sill beneath stained glass lites, the sill supported by multiple "rafter tails."

www.alamy.com/stock-photo-door-of-frank ... ml?p=63192

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Reidy, there was a bay on the Tudor version, located where the gothic bay is, but it was a shallower and wider construction of wood (as differentiated from the terra cotta of 1923) with non-gothic, Tudor windows.

SDR, that's the first time I have seen one of those doors. It appears to be the only original door (@ 3215 Calumet) that has not been tampered with, although I have my doubts about the windows.


Matt2
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Why is the house so cheap? Is this a bad neighborhood?

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Pullman is not prime real estate. Not sure why. The neighborhood looks good. Houses are old, but seem to be cared for.

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Post by peterm »

It is located in a fairly nice pocket of homes, but surrounded by blight. The property values there are low, and the location is far from Chicago proper, shopping, or cultural opportunities. The house needs much work, and I’m afraid most people think they would never see a return on their investment were they to later sell. Having said that, it’s an incredible opportunity, and it’s almost incomprehensible that it has yet to close. The lot is larger than many in Oak Park.

Someone should buy it, secure the roof and at least preserve it in its present condition.

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