Essential Architecture-  Chicago Northwest

Four Houses by Architect Frederick Schock


Frederick R. Schock


5749 & 5804 W. Race and 5804 & 5810 W. Midway Park


1886 - 1892


Queen Anne and Shingle Style


Stone and wood


Neighbourhood Houses
  F.R. Schock House (above)

Address: 5804 W. Midway Park
Year Built: 1886
Architect: Fredrick R. Schock
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: January 20, 1999

Proclaimed as the "Empress of the Queen Annes," this house's variegated roofline and exuberant use of materials make it one of the city's finest examples of the Queen Anne style of architecture. Its exceptional craftsmanship combines rough-cut stone, smooth brick, slate shingles, leaded glass, and pressed copper trim — all to a striking effect. It was designed as the architect's residence, who lived here until 1931.
  Schlect House (above)

Address: 5804 W. Race Ave.
Year Built: 1887
Architect: Fredrick R. Schlock
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark:
January 20, 1999

This is an excellent and - for the Midwest - rare example of the Shingle Style of architecture. The style's popularity in such fashionable East Coast enclaves as Newport, R.I., Cape Cod, Mass., and coastal Maine made it a natural for residential suburbs that wanted to promote the sense of a luxurious pastoral retreat. Among this house's prominent Shingle Style features are: broad surfaces of wood shingles that wrap the building (thereby eliminating trim and cornerboards), recessed porches, projecting bays, and front porch piers that seem to float above the ground. The house was built for Catherine Schlect, the architect's aunt.

  Beeson House and Coach House (above)

Address: 5810 W. Midway Park
Year Built: 1892
Architect: Fredrick R. Schock
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: January 20, 1999

As befitting the eclectic Queen Anne style of architecture, this house and coach house feature a variety of materials, roof forms, classically inspired details, and unique features, including a stepped gable, tiny balcony, canted columns, and overscaled keystones. It was built for Fredrick Beeson, the president of the Chicago Veneer Company.
Elevation Drawing     Floor Plan
  Marie Schock House (above)

Address: 5749 W. Race Ave.
Year Built: 1888
Architect: Fredrick R. Schock
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark:
January 20, 1999

This rare example of a small-scale Shingle Style residence was built for the architect's mother. It combines most features of the style, including exaggerated gables, broad surfaces of shingle cladding, and minimal trim. Its success as an example of inexpensive, yet attractive, design caused it to be published in a national architectural magazine of the time. It also reportly influenced the design of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio in nearby Oak Park.
These four picturesque residences, designed by local architect Frederick R. Schock, showcase the Queen Anne and Shingle styles of architecture. The designs of Schock, a talented local interpreter of popular picturesque styles, helped set the tone for development of the Austin community in the 1880's-90's prior to its annexation to Chicago.


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