113 S Elmwood Ave Oak Park, Illinois USA

113 S Elmwood Ave

Construction date: documented 1896*


William J. Van Keuren


Pillinger Brothers


Queen Anne

Historical Summary:

The house was built in 1896 by the Pillinger Brothers and designed by William J. Van Keuren, who also designed Cicero Firehouse #2 which now houses Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest. Its original owners were the artist Blanche Weyburn Kerr and her husband, attorney Robert J. Kerr, whose “Handbook of Mexican Law” was published in 1909. Robert’s brother, Dr. Ellis Kerr who lived in the house from 1912 until 1922 helped found West Suburban Hospital and was its first medical director. Ellis’ wife Dorothy Charlton Kerr was the first woman to serve as a Trustee on Oak Park’s Board of Trustees. A 1910 resident of the house, Blanche’s niece, Helena Saxby Gervais McCullough, was co-founder of the Wright Plus Walk architectural tours in Oak Park. The Kerr family owned the house until 1939 when it was sold to Charles and Gladys Harless. Homer and Agnes Sullivan purchased it from them in 1945 and sold it to Sylvester and Helen Kuenster in September 1950.

Significant Owner(s):

Robert J. and Blanche Weyburn Kerr


Status of Historic Designation:

Designated at National level : Ridgeland/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 2.5-story single-family residence in the Queen Anne style built in 1896. The building is rectangular in plan. The structural system is frame. The foundation is stone. Exterior walls are original wood clapboard and original wood shingles. Decorative woodwork flowers, diamond and classical swag. The building has a cross gable roof clad in replacement asphalt shingles and three shed and gabled dormers. Windows are original wood, Decorative/1 double-hung sashes. Art glass, decorative muntin patterns, and 1/1 windows. There is a single-story, full-width open porch characterized by a shed roof clad in asphalt shingles with round wood posts. Entry door with glazing and transom window.

* Date source: Property owner

Description generated by RuskinARC.