In a previous post I introduced some examples of the decorative entrances of several courtyard buildings and talked about some of the ways these operate to define public, private, and semi-private spaces. I even had a nifty graphic, which I'm recycling to the right. But as usual, I have some more examples I'd like to include.
7320-7330 N. Damen, 1930
Above is a brick and stone wall and fence combination with Craftmans details. It seems likely that the fence section is a later addition, but it doesn't add much more security. Even I could hop this one. Still, it's good to retain the visibility into the court. I've seen some high solid walls which make a building look under seige.
7349-7355 N. Damen, 1926
This is a particularly good one, with some gothic touches. The combination of very tall piers and very low walls is a bit unusual. So again, not a real physical barrier, but it provides a psychological break between public and private space.
7381-7389 N. Damen, 1929
Sometimes you'll find these types of entrances, which use wrought iron to suspend a lantern. This is an elegant treatment, but they don't age well. It's difficult to keep something like this protected from the elements and operable. Easier to chop off the metal and install lamps on the top of the piers. Or not at all.
6822-6828 N. Wayne, 1928
The most common materials used are brick and stone (or cast stone), so it's a bit unusual in Rogers Park to find a courtyard building with a significant amount of terracotta. This entrance actually uses two types of terracotta, white and a dark green speckled base, which resembles granite. Nice adaptation of a gothic buttress form.
7400-7410 N. Damen, 1932
This is a good example of a different type of entrance incorporating a change in grade. In this case the entire courtyard is elevated, probably creating a bit more basement storage. There are also buildings which use a sunken courtyards, which can be even more effective in creating a semi-private space.
OK, that should do it for courtyard entrances, at least for a while.