855 S Kenilworth Ave Oak Park, Illinois USA

855 S Kenilworth Ave

Construction date: documented 1910*


Thomas H. Hulbert


Foursquare, Prairie School

Historical Summary:

855 S Kenilworth Ave was built in 1910 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-story single-family residence in the Prairie School style built in 1910. The building is square in plan. The structural system is frame. The foundation is raised rusticated block. Exterior walls are original wood siding. The building has a medium hip roof clad in replacement asphalt shingles with box cornice. There is one rear, rear slope, concrete block chimney. Windows are original wood, 1/1 double-hung sashes. Aluminum storm windows. There is a single-story, full-span enclosed porch characterized by a hip roof clad in asphalt shingles with covered by siding posts.

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

Description generated by RuskinARC.