|Image above from the Tribune Article, 11/11/28|
The steel-reinforced cement frame building has an exterior of buff brick and stone cladding. It had a large community room on the first floor (maybe it still does?) including a waxed dance floor. The 76 units had built-in ironing boards, vestibule phones, electric door releases and electric refrigeration. The architectural style is described as Tudor Gothic, modified to 1928 sensibilities. I take 1928 sensibilities to mean tall and massive.
The rendering shows parapets with ornament that projects above the building, giving it a slightly more vertical orientation. I'm not sure of these elements were removed or perhaps not built as drawn. It was constructed at a cost of $580,000.
|Images from Google Streetscape|
The project on Kenmore sat for 7 years until it could finally be completed.
Just a quick note. Leon Urbain should not be confused with the firm of Olsen and Urbain, which was also active in the area. I'm mostly talking to myself here.
|Complete Tribune Article 11/11/28|