Sunday, January 27, 2008

Future Green Chatham

Read more about it here, but how about a blurb about some buildings that should be landmarks...
Three blocks of little houses, between 80 and 82nd and King Drive, and between 81st and 82nd and Calumet, are in the heart of Chatham. They were the beginning of a project of the 1920's designed by architect Richard Cramer. His project built small “Garlows”, or "Garage Bungalows” on the rear of the lots. As the owners became more prosperous, larger houses could be built in front. The Garlows would then be converted to garages. These "starter homes" were built to ease the path to home ownership, and were designed to fill society’s needs. Considerable interest in the architectural community in Cramer’s project resulted in an earlier series of articles in the Sun-Times. It has been suggested that these Garlows, the largest concentration of which is represented by the 3 blocks in Chatham, may be the largest collection in Chicago. In an earlier segment of WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight”, the Garlow story was brought to Chicago’s attention as a significant piece of Chicago history. Mr. Cramer’s initial project is brought to completion in the 21st century, with these creatively and intelligently designed houses.

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