112-114 Home Ave Oak Park, Illinois USA

The Kenton

Construction date: documented 1897*


Apartment/multi-unit complex, Queen Anne, Romanesque Revival

Historical Summary:

Roman brick and contrasting limestone are the primary building materials in this multi-family residence. Roman arches, supported by dwarf columns, provide access to the protected entry. Limestone belt courses divide the second and third floors. A row of dentals runs under the narrow eaves. The polygonal bays on either end of the three-story building terminate in towers at the roofline. Edwin A. Roser, a commodities broker, developed the site as Oak Park's first apartment hotel and social hall. In the late 1980s, the apartments were renovated, and the building has been restored to near original condition (Ridgeland Revealed, p20).

Significant Owner(s):

Edwin A. Roser


Status of Historic Designation:

Designated at National level : Ridgland/Oak Park Historic District 1983
Designated at Local level : Ridgeland/Oak Park Historic District 1994

Rating or Rank:


Evaluation of Potential Eligibility:

Potentially eligible as a contributing resource

Architectural Description:

This is a 3-story apartment building in the Queen Anne style with Romanesque Revival influences built in 1897. The structural system is masonry. The foundation is brick. Exterior walls are original brick and replacement stone. The building has a flat with false mansard roof clad in original slate. False front mansard roof between two hexagonal turret roofs with flat roof behind. There is one side right, side slope, brick chimney and one side left, side slope, brick chimney. Windows are historic wood, 1/1 double-hung sashes. There is a single-story, partial-width open porch characterized by a flat with parapet roof with round stone posts. Paired wood doors with arched transom window.

* Date source: RIDGELAND REVEALED: Guide to the Architecture of the Ridgeland/Oak Park Historic District

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