Essential Architecture-  Chicago Far South

Longwood Drive District

architect

Various

location

9800-11000 blocks of S. Longwood; 10400-10700 blocks of S. Seeley

date

1873

style

A rich mixture of architectural styles characterizes this district, ranging from the Italianate and Carpenter Gothic (of the 1870s) to Queen Anne and Shingle (1880s and ‘90s) to Prairie School  and Renaissance Revival  (early-20th century).

construction

Various

type

Houses Neighbourhood
 
 
Unique in the city for its hilly topography, this narrow, 12-block-long district is dominated by a natural ridgeline. Because it stood 50-80 feet above Lake Michigan and was often covered by a blue mist, the ridge was commonly referred to by early settlers as the "blue island." This community began as several separate suburban developments, which were annexed to Chicago around the turn of the last century.

links

With special thanks to the City of Chicago website, www.egov.cityofchicago.org , for much of the info on this page.
Photos copyright City of Chicago.
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