703 N East Ave Oak Park, Illinois USA

703 N East Ave

Construction date: documented 1915*


Eben E. Roberts


Prairie, Prairie School

Historical Summary:

703 N East Ave has several addresses, due in part to its location on a corner lot. Sanborn maps show: 701, 703, and 705 N East Ave; and 6601 Augusta Ave. Perhaps in part due to the numerous addresses, the historic permits have not been found. However, Oak Park vintage postcards credit this house as a design by E. E. Roberts built in 1915. Architect E. E. Roberts is credited with at least 113 existing buildings in Oak Park alone. In their Survey of Historical Architecture of the Village of Oak Park, Hasbrouck and Sprague claim that it is “possible that Roberts was the person responsible for evolving out of the Queen Anne and from suggestions by Wright and Maher, the kind of non-historical rectilinear style that was so common in Oak Park, from about 1900 to 1915.” Roberts’ early adaptations of the style represent the shape Prairie School architecture would take as it disseminated from Oak Park.

Significant Owner(s):

J. E. Murray


Status of Historic Designation:

Designated at National level : Frank Lloyd Wright-Prairie School of Architecture
Designated at Local level : Frank Lloyd Wright-Prairie School of Architecture

Rating or Rank:


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 1915. Exterior walls are original stucco. The building has a hip roof clad in replacement asphalt shingles. Windows are double-hung sashes. There is a single-story, partial-width enclosed porch characterized by a hip roof clad in asphalt shingles with square posts.

* Date source: no original permit - source OP Vintage Postcards

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