848 S Kenilworth Ave Oak Park, Illinois USA

848 S Kenilworth Ave

Construction date: approximate 1907


Thomas H. Hulbert


Foursquare, Prairie School, Queen Anne

Historical Summary:

848 S Kenilworth Ave was likely built ca. 1907 by developer Thomas H. Hulbert. Although the original permit is not on file, the house matches other Hulbert house designs. It is part of a subdivision built by Hulbert that features large houses primarily American Foursquares in form but including a variety of styles such as Queen Anne, Classical Revival, Colonial Revival, Turdor Revival, Mission Revival, and Craftsman. The Hulbert Subdivision was constructed as a new suburban neighborhood which catered to the growing middle class at the turn of the Twentieth Century. It was designed to provide affordable opportunities for homeownership in an attractive and safe environment with easy access to downtown Chicago. Transportation to Chicago was a major theme in Hulbert's advertisements and Hulbert even constructed a new Metropolitan elevated state at Oak Park Ave to serve the neighborhood.

Significant Owner(s):

Thomas H. Hulbert


Status of Historic Designation:

Not currently designated at national, state, or local level

Evaluation of Potential Eligibility:

Potentially eligible as a contributing resource

Associated Files:

Architectural Description:

This is a 2.5-story single-family residence in the Prairie School style with Queen Anne influences built ca. 1907. The building is rectangular in plan. The structural system is frame. The foundation is raised rusticated block. Exterior walls are original wood siding and original wood shingles. The building has a low hip roof clad in replacement asphalt shingles. There are Undetermined chimneys. Not visible from the street. Windows are original wood, 1/1 double-hung sashes. Significant porch windows, three short vertical lights over one large light, casement, original wood. House has aluminum storm windows. There is a single-story, full-span enclosed porch characterized by a hip roof clad in asphalt shingles with square wood posts.

Description generated by RuskinARC.