|1503 W. Sherwin, 1911|
Sleeping porches became popular for single family homes in the 1910s. Many older homes had impressive methods for dealing with summer heat (wrap-around porches, stack ventilation, thick walls) but sleeping outside on a hot night was still hard to beat. In fact, it wasn't unusual for early residents of Rogers Park to walk down to the lake and sleep on the beach, taking advantage of the breezes and the slight drop in temperature. A sleeping porch was the far more convenient and customized version of camping out..
Sleeping outside was seen as a healthful way to rest in
|Proximity to elevated train.|
Just like open porches on the first floor it was common for these areas to be gradually enclosed and converted to interior space. But finding one so untouched after 100 years is really unique.
|From an article in The House Beautiful, August 1911, pg. 80-81. Accessed through Google Books.|