636 Woodbine Ave Oak Park, Illinois USA

636 Woodbine Ave

Construction date: approximate 1900*



The front dormer and over-hanging gable end on the side elevation are characteristic of the Shingle style in shape; the dormer also features the wood shingle siding typical of the style.

Historical Summary:

636 Woodbine Ave was built ca. 1900. It has elements of the Shingle style and, as of 1908, featured a single-bay, one-story front porch. This porch was removed, likely ca. 1940 when a Colonial Revival movement lead to the renovation of many front facades in Oak Park. In 2005, the original wood siding was restored, a second-floor addition was added above the existing 1908 one-story rear addition, a concrete stoop was removed, and a full-width front porch was added.


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 Shingle style built ca. 1900. The building is irregular in plan. The structural system is frame. Exterior walls are historic wood siding and wood shingles. Wood shingle siding is found on the front dormer. The building has a hip roof clad in asphalt shingles with deep and one gabled dormer. The dormer has the shape of a bay window with a square, gable roof above. It is clad in wood shingle siding. There is one center, straddle ridge, brick chimney. Windows are , 1/1 sash. There is a single-story, full-span open porch characterized by a hip roof clad in asphalt shingles with ionic posts on rectangular wood piers. The full-width front porch was added in 2005. Based on Sanborn maps, it is likely that the original porch was a partial-width porch more characteristic of the Shingle style. This was removed and replaced with a concrete stoop likely in the mid-20th century. The front door is located at the left side of the front façade, within the front porch.

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

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