These large Queen Anne-style homes represent some of the early suburban development of Rogers Park. By the 1890s Rogers Park had a thriving commercial district near the train stop, its own police and fire station, and even a water treatment plant. The area east of Clark was being developed gradually (it was pretty swampy), but large picturesque homes were being constructed on land between Clark and Ridge. This stretch is the highest point of the neighborhood, and a good option to avoid a flooded basement.
The Queen Anne style typically has large wrap-around porches. These would have been important for surviving the sweltering Chicago summers. The cross-gable design opened up the floor plan to light and air from all directions.