West Ridge and Rogers Park have many beautiful examples of the Historic Bungalow style home and have been recognized by the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association .   Bungalow Style homes began being built in 1923 and continued into the 1920’s as more middle class families became enamored with the simple and affordable yet handsome bungalow style home. It is said that at one time, 1/3 of all of Chicago homes were built in the Bungalow style.   Local architects Edward Zeches and Benidict Bruns were especially influential in West Ridge for building many Bungalow style homes. These architects challenged the traditional understated bungalow design and incorporated more elaborate details on larger scales.

There are many benefits of owning a bungalow home in Chicago. In 2000, Mayor Richard M. Daley, began the Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative to bring appreciation to Chicago’s   Bungalow homes as well as to help preserve the historic design by aiding home owner’s current needs. This program helps to preserve Chicago’s architectural history and also provides qualified homeowners with grants for rehab work, home appliance vouchers, design guidelines, pattern drawings, how- to classes, permit assistance, newsletters, etc.

To learn more about how the Chicago Bungalow Initiative’s ongoing programs can help you as a homeowner, join them on May 6th at the Sulzer Branch Library in Lincoln Square when they will be presenting: Bungalow Masonry: Keeping up Appearances, Keeping down Energy Costs Workshop. They will discuss how well kept masonry helps not only the curb appeal of your home but also keeps down energy costs.

Adele Paslaski, Move with Maggie Team

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