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1914 American Foursquare
Chicago, Illinois 60640
A True Century Home
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About this HomeHandsome American foursquare on a gorgeous treelined street in Chicago’s historic Lakewood Balmoral neighborhood.
Recently celebrating its 100th birthday, this classic style is a staple of iconic Chicago residential architecture. Built in 1914, this home retains its early 20th century charm, complemented with sympathetic restoration and modern updates. The exterior is constructed with vertically scored deep red pressed brick and limestone detail, deep overhangs complemented with a tile roof and copper gutters and downspouts. A deep front porch with limestone steps is a welcoming entrance to this finely crafted home. Wide windows on all elevations mirror the prairie school aesthetic, bringing the mature trees, foliage and nature inside.
Built on an extra wide 50’x123’ lot, there is plenty of space to relax and unwind. Mature trees shade the house and fully landscaped yard. True to the home’s period, there are several separate outdoor “rooms” that serve multiple purposes: play spaces, al fresco dining, entertaining, and quiet contemplation.
Main LevelThe main floor of this home is unusual with a wide-open living room | parlor area, providing a myriad of furniture placement options and multi-use functions. A bright and sunny dining room, eat-in kitchen and enclosed back porch work in tandem to allow plenty of prep space for family meals or more sophisticated entertaining events.
A cozy den with gas fireplace offers a main floor respite for reading, watching TV and relaxing.
Decorative ceiling moldings, historic millwork profiles, original art glass windows, and stunning stairwell - all create a space that is historic, bright and airy.
Other LevelsSecond Level:
A front and rear stairwell ascends to five spacious bedrooms with oversized windows bringing in gorgeous treetop views. An open air porch provides calm treetop views, overlooking the richly planted backyard and patio space.
The third level of this large home is a pleasant surprise - boasting a large family room | play area, spacious office with built-in shelves, seating area and plenty of intimate nooks and hidden storage spaces. Perfect for a growing family, home business or hobbies and crafts.
The lower level space contributes wonderful character to this impeccably maintained historic home - including a summer kitchen, recreation room, working sauna, workshop and cold cellar.
NeighborhoodNamed for two of its central streets, Lakewood Balmoral grew in the late 19th and early 20th with a diverse housing stock, offering homes in Flemish, Gothic, Queen Anne, American Foursquare, and other styles.
Close proximity to train lines, Lake Shore Drive, and Loyola University has kept the neighborhood vital.
Whether you are looking for the traditional amenities of elegant architectural details and gracious flow, or the wide open plans that lean toward the contemporary aesthetic, this historic home affords a myriad of options and possibilities. 5314 N. Lakewood Avenue is a portrait of early 20th century tradition, style and craftsmanship.
The classic foursquare shape became an American standard in the early 1900s and dominated Chicago neighborhoods throughout the first decades of the 20th century. The square form made these houses especially practical for city lots. Arranging the rooms in quadrants eliminated the need for long hallways and made efficient use of interior space. What's more, simple, symmetrical foursquare homes were less complicated than Victorian era counterparts.
Archived in January, 2018
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