851 S Kenilworth Ave Oak Park, Illinois USA

851 S Kenilworth Ave

Construction date: documented 1906*


Thomas H. Hulbert


Foursquare, Craftsman, Queen Anne

Historical Summary:

851 S Kenilworth Ave was built in 1906 be 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 1906. The structural system is frame. The foundation is raised rusticated block. Exterior walls are stucco. The building has a hip and gable roof clad in replacement asphalt shingles with box cornice and none. There is center, rear slope, metal flue. Windows are original wood, 1/1 double-hung sashes. Aluminum storm windows. There is a single-story, two-bay porch characterized by a hip-and-gable roof clad in asphalt shingles with square stuccoed posts. There is a two-story, side, frame addition. Rear 2-story addition in 2002.

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

Description generated by RuskinARC.