|3149 S. Komensky, 1922, 841 sq.ft.|
They tend to group together, alternating designs in an A-B-A-B pattern. Just another reminder of how much of Chicago was created by builders trying to minimize design fees and maximize profit. And provide solid neighborhood buildings, of course.
|3147 S. Komensky, 1922, 841 sq.ft.|
Not all of these houses are cut from a few basic designs. There are some that have more elaborate parapets and details, and were probably individually designed for a particular client. The building below has a carefully proportioned
|3145 S. Keeler, 1919, 847 sq.ft.|
I'm struck by how unlikely it would be for anyone to build something comparable today. It's really a function of the economy more than anything else. First, you would have to buy the land. Second, you would have to excavate the foundation and use all new materials. Third, you would end up with something that utilizes a fraction of the possible floor area but with triple the costs. This alone gives a good snapshot of this neighborhood when it first developed- inexpensive land and affordable materials and labor.
Angela's theory is that this neighborhood developed because of its proximity to the Crawford Power Plant, which began generating in 1924. But even before then it was a very industrial area, and there would have been a steady demand for single family houses.
So I think I'll start a collection of these types of cottages, and maybe a typology will start to emerge. There are some really interesting single-story greystones a bit further north, in the area known as K-Town.