438 Augusta St Oak Park, Illinois USA

Nathan Shure House

Construction date: documented 1915*


Oscar B. Marienthal


Nicholas J. Denielsen


Italian Renaissance, Prairie School.

The overall form along with the hip roof clad in tile, the deep eaves, and the decorative door surround are all characteristic of the Italian Renaissance style, popular 1890-1935. However, the house features elements of the Prairie style including a horizontal emphasis (particularly the brick and stone band between the first and second floors) and art glass windows.

Historical Summary:

438 Augusta St designed by Oscar B. Marienthal and built by Nicholas J. Danielsen in 1915 for owner Nathan Shure. Shure lived in the house until his death in 1952.

Significant Owner(s):

Nathan Shure


Status of Historic Designation:

Designated at National level : Frank Lloyd Wright-Prairie School of Architecture Historic District
Designated at Local level : Frank Lloyd Wright-Prairie School of Architecture Historic District

Architectural Description:

This is a 2-story single-family residence in the Italian Renaissance style with Prairie School influences built in 1915. The building is irregular in plan. The structural system is masonry. Exterior walls are brick. The building has a hip roof clad in clay tiles and one eyebrow dormer. There is one side left, exterior, brick chimney and one offset right, front slope, brick chimney. Windows are casements. The windows feature a decorative pattern reminiscent of Prairie School style art glass. A wood front door with a rounded top is located slightly off-center on the front (south) façade. It features a decorative stone surround with a slightly projecting roof that follows the arch shape of the door. The door and surround are reflective of the Italian Renaissance style, which tends to feature arched entries.

* Date source: Village of Oak Park building permit archives.

Description generated by RuskinARC.