854 S Kenilworth Ave Oak Park, Illinois USA

854 S Kenilworth Ave

Construction date: documented 1907*


Thomas H. Hulbert


Foursquare, Craftsman, Queen Anne

Historical Summary:

854 S Kenilworth Ave was built in 1907 by developer Thomas H. Hulbert. 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

Architectural Description:

This is a 2.5-story single-family residence in the Craftsman style with Queen Anne influences built in 1907. The building is rectangular in plan. The structural system is frame. The foundation is undetermined. Exterior walls are wood siding and stucco. The building has a cross gable roof clad in replacement asphalt shingles. There is one side right, side slope, stucco chimney. Windows are original wood, 1/1 double-hung sashes. Aluminum storm windows on house. Replacement windows on porch, fixed, casement. Decorative attic windows. There is a single-story, full-span enclosed porch characterized by a hip roof clad in asphalt shingles with square wood posts.

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

Description generated by RuskinARC.