Essential Architecture-  Chicago South and West

Kenwood District

architect

Various

location

Bounded by E. 47th, East 51st, S. Blackstone and S. Drexel

date

1860-1920

style

Various

construction

Various

type

Neighbourhood
 
 
   
Once referred to as the "Lake Forest of the South Side," Kenwood developed as a pleasant residential suburb between the late 1850s and the 1880s. The area retained its suburban character even after annexation to Chicago in 1889. By the turn of the century, Kenwood's residents included lumber merchant Martin Ryerson, meatpacker Gustavus Swift, and Sears Roebuck executive Julius Rosenwald. Kenwood's large single-family residences, set on spacious lots, made the neighborhood unique in Chicago; among the influential architects who designed houses in the district are: George Maher, Benjamin Marshall, Howard Van Doren Shaw, and Frank Lloyd Wright. The district represents one of the city's best collections of architectural styles, ranging from Italinate and Colonial Revival to Queen Anne and Prairie School.

links

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