858 S Kenilworth Ave Oak Park, Illinois USA

858 S Kenilworth Ave

Construction date: documented 1911*


Thomas H. Hulbert


Foursquare, Craftsman, Queen Anne

Historical Summary:

858 S Kenilworth Ave was built in 1911 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 1911. The building is rectangular in plan. The structural system is frame. Exterior walls are original wood siding and original wood shingles. The building has a medium front gable roof clad in replacement asphalt shingles with box cornice. There is one side right, front slope, brick chimney. Windows are original wood, 1/1 double-hung sashes. Art glass windows in front gable and flanking chimney on south elevation. New art glass windows on south to match. There is a single-story, full-span enclosed porch characterized by a hip roof clad in asphalt shingles with square wood posts. Glazed door with sidelights on left side of porch facing front. There is a two-story, rear, frame addition.

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

Description generated by RuskinARC.