Old and Sold- Vintage Historic Homes – Chicago

This week’s Old and Sold has some terrific Chicago single family homes of note!

Here are some photos:

2053 Seminary-vintage chicago real estate2053 Seminary

$1,925,000

2029 Seminary - chicago historic real estate

2029 N Seminary

$ 1,425,000

2319 Cleveland-chicago real estate

2319 N Cleveland

$1,290,000

2236 Carmen

2236 W Carmen

$935,000

1941 W Addison- North Center

1941 W Addison

$669,000

1761 Devon

1761 W Devon

$349,000

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Old and Sold Aug 19, 2014

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Along the Way…

 

Along the Way

a new type of post – some of the humorous and interesting things I come across when showing property. This was found while showing vintage condos and co-ops last week in the Gold Coast/Streeterville neighborhoods.

For the first in our series…

Best Toilet Seat Contender!

vintage toilet seat

This toilet seat stands out as an amusing focal point in the otherwise charming and original details of this 1920’s vintage bathroom.

Aside from the radiator, which needs to be painted, the remainder of the room is in immaculate condition – a lovely historic scene.

When did they offer these retro toilet seat gems?

Did you  or anyone you know sport one in YOUR throne room?

Send me your best toilet seat photos –

vintage, retro, or otherwise!

#besttoiletseats

Today’s search option – vintage condos in Streeterville

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Baird & Warner

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Social Security – Happy 79th Anniversary

Social Security Anniversary – August 14, 1936

In a time when we wonder if Social Security benefits will be available for our children, I find it interesting to review the historic documents and “sales pitch” made to get Americans to take advantage of the Social Security benefits. Sometimes we forget that the depression/soup kitchen environment of our parents made the Social Security Administration a popular notion for supporting our aging Americans.

I strongly believe that we should act courageously to update the system for today’s economic times — this is NOT the America of 1936. The Act needs to be updated for the 2020’s and beyond!

 

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“On August 14, 1935, the Social Security Act established a system of old-age benefits for workers, benefits for victims of industrial accidents, unemployment insurance, aid for dependent mothers and children, the blind, and the physically handicapped.” 
Taken from the National Archives
 

Historic comics

social security comic

source: ssa.gov

Historic Social Security Facts – 1965

SSA Facts 1965 page 1

ssa facts page 2

ssa facts 1965 page 3

Historic Chicago Soup Kitchen

Soup Kitchen run by Al Capone

http://www.ssa.gov/history/acoffee.html

“During the Great Depression preceding the passage of the Social Security Act, “soup kitchens” provided the only meals some unemployed Americans had. This particular soup kitchen was sponsored by the Chicago gangster Al Capone.”
 

First Social Security Poster – 1936

 
Social Security Poster- 1936
 
 

Historic Photo

 
acardpun
 
This is a picture of a few of the hundreds of cardpunch operators SSA employed throughout the late 1930s and into the 1950s to maintain Social Security records in the days before the advent of computers.
 

Historic Photo – Signing the Social Security Act

August 14, 1936

 
FDR Signs Social Security Act

1. Rep. Jere Cooper (D-TN). Cooper was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and would go on in subsequent years to become something of an expert on Social Security topics and he was a major force in Social Security legislative developments during the 1940s to the mid-1950s. Mr. Cooper also rose to the position of Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee during the Eighty-fourth and Eighty-fifth Congresses.

2. Rep. Claude Fuller (D-AR). Fuller was a member of the Ways & Means Committee and was generally opposed to the Administration’s bill. During Committee consideration he made motions seeking to strike key provisions of the legislation. But when his efforts failed, he compromised with the Administration and joined in voting for passage of the bill.

3 . Rep. Robert Doughton (D-NC) was chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. As such he was the principal official sponsor of the legislation in the House.

4. Rep. Frank Buck (D-CA) was a second-generation industrialist and fruit grower from California. He was a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, which had jurisdiction of the bill in the House. He graduated from Harvard Law School and served five terms in Congress, from 1933 until his death in 1942. (Representative Buck has often been misidentified in photos of the signing as being Edwin Witte. Witte, in fact, was not in the signing photographs.)

5. Rep. John Boehne, Jr.(D-IN) succeeded his father as a representative from Indiana. He was first swept into office in the 1932 elections with President Roosevelt and strongly supported FDR’s programs. At first, he was against the Social Security bill and wanted to exempt industrial employers with their own pension systems.

6 . Sen. Robert Wagner (D-NY) was born in Germany, immigrated to New York City, attended law school and was elected to the Senate in 1926. He served four terms. He was a close associate of Frances Perkins and helped draft several early New Deal measures. Wagner introduced the bill into the Senate. His son, Robert F. Wagner, was mayor of New York City for 16 years.

7 . Sen. Alben Barkley (D-KY) was a seven-term Congressman before being elected to the Senate in 1926. By 1937, he was Senate Majority Leader and a decade later, Vice President of the United States. He was an ardent New Dealer and helped shepherd the Social Security Act through the Senate. He argued for “a universal and uniform program in general.” He didn’t want to exempt certain private groups merely because they already had pension systems, as was proposed by some conservatives in the Congress.

8 . This individual is presently unknown. 

9 . Sen. Robert LaFollette, Jr., (PROG-WI) was the eldest son of Robert LaFollette, a progressive Senator from Wisconsin and one-time presidential candidate. When his father died in 1925, Robert Jr., then only 30 years old, was appointed to succeed him. Initially elected as a Republican, LaFollette changed his party affiliation to the Progressive Party in 1934. LaFollette served on the House-Senate conference committee that drafted the final version of the Social Security bill. He served in the Senate until 1946, when he was defeated by Joseph McCarthy. In 1953, LaFollette committed suicide in Washington, D.C.

10 . Rep. John Dingell, Sr. (D-MI). Rep. Dingell was a member of the House Ways & Means Committee. He was a prominent leader in Congress in sponsoring social insurance legislation and teamed with Senator Wagner he authored a couple of important precursor bills to the Social Security Act. (Several authors have identified Dingell as “unidentified man” in some versions of the signing photo.)

11. Sen. Augustine Lonergan (D-CT) was a native of Connecticut and a graduate of Yale University. Although he was a four-term Congressman, he served only one term in the Senate. During the discussions on the Social Security bill, Lonergan gave information about various private insurance annuities to show how they compared to the social insurance program that was being proposed.

12 . Frances Perkins was appointed Secretary of Labor in 1933, making her the first woman to hold a cabinet-level position. Like FDR, she was a child of privilege, but became a strong advocate for the poor and working class. She began her career in New York City as a social worker and held several responsible State government jobs. She served as head of Roosevelt’s Committee on Economic Security, set up in 1934. The Social Security legislation sprang from this committee.

13. Rep. Frank Crowther (R-NY) was a Republican member of the House Ways & Means Committee;

14. Sen. William H. King (D-UT). King was a conservative Democrat and member of the Senate Finance Committee. King expressed persistent opposition to many features of the bill as it was being considered, and his support of the legislation was in doubt until the last possible minute. In the end, he voted for passage of the Social Security Act. (Senators King and Harrison have often been confused in the signing photos, including,we are embarrassed to admit, in SSA’s own OASIS magazine. Clue: King has a bowtie, Harrison has a regular long tie.)

15. Rep. David J. Lewis (D-MD) was a member of the House Ways & Means Committee and was probably the leading expert on social insurance legislation on the Committee. It was Lewis, a former coal miner and self-taught lawyer, who introduced the Social Security bill into the House on January 17, 1935. However, Chairman Doughton, exercising what he took to be the Chairman’s privileges, made a copy of Lewis’ bill and submitted it himself. Then he persuaded the House clerk to give him a lower number than Lewis’ copy. Newspapers then began calling the bill “The Wagner-Doughton bill.” When Lewis found out, he sputtered and swore, then went to work to understand every sentence and master the arguments in favor of the bill. And when David Lewis walked down the aisle of the House to debate on the bill’s behalf, he received a standing ovation–a subtle rebuke to Chairman Doughton’s high-handed treatment.

16 . Sen. Byron Patton “Pat” Harrison (D-MS) was a Congressman for 8 years before being elected to the Senate in 1918. In his book “The Development of the Social Security Act,” Edwin Witte gives Harrison credit for his “adroit” handling of the Social Security bill in the Senate Finance Committee. According to Witte, Title II would not have been approved by the Committee without Sen. Harrison’s help. Harrison went on to serve in the Senate for the rest of his life and was elected President pro tempore 6 months before his death in June 1941. (In other versions of the signing photo, Sen. Harrison can be more clearly seen wearing a white suit and tie and holding his trademark cigar.)

17. Sen. Joseph Guffey (D-PA) was 65 years old at the time the Social Security Act was passed, although he was only a first-term Senator. From Pennsylvania, he served two terms before being defeated in 1946. His vote on the Social Security bill was in doubt until the final roll call.

18. Senator Edward Costigan (D-CO), a member of the Finance Committee.

19. Rep. Samuel B. Hill (D-WA) was a member of the House Ways & Means Committee.

20. Rep. Fred Vinson (D-KY) was a member of the House Ways & Means Committee. He would go on to serve as Secretary of the Treasury and as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

21 . President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

NOTE: For more biographical information on any of the members of Congress see the U. S. Senate Biographical Directory of the United States Congress on the Senate website

Antique Hardware – It’s in the Details!

 

front door hardware

Having original hardware in one’s historic home is the “icing on the cake” for me. Visually, it makes a huge difference, although buyers don’t always recognize why they’re so entranced with an older home, often the details are the difference!

We’re fortunate to have all our original door knobs in our 1908 Foursquare. (With one exception- the back door)

vintage door knob - 1908

Here’s an example of our front door hardware (on the inside of the air lock). Oily hands have kept the knob shiny while the decorative escutcheon is darker and more aged.

The outside of the front door is pictured to the right.

 

Reproduction door knob

We recently replaced the 1960’s plain jane knob when we replaced the door. Rather than searching out a vintage knob, we found a basic rubbed bronze model at the building supply center. (There it is to the  right.)

This month, Old House Journal provided information on vintage door knobs, hinges, and locks. (See the post here) They also provided a guide for stripping hardware that’s been painted over — basically boil in water (with dishwasher soap) and then use a cloth/brush to remove the softened paint.

Design Sponge offers another great article on cleaning your antique hardware- check out their post here: Cleaning Vintage Metal Hardware

I my research of antique hardware information, I came across a terrific article –   The Magic of Antique Door Hardware, which includes great photographs of door knobs from the Victorian era to today.

antique hardware

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These are examples of  interior door knobs in our house.

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Chicago Historic Property – 3500 Janssen – On the Market AGAIN

The renovated historic home at 3500 N Janssen is for sale again – this time it’s listed at $ 2,650,000. This Chicago historic property has been listed multiple times since May, 2012, and the quest to sell began at $ 2,950,000. As of 3 days ago, it was listed by a new real estate agent, Tim Salm, of Jameson Real Estate.

3500 N Janssen

The City of Chicago Landmarks Commission includes 3500 N Janssen in its list of architecturally significant properties in the city. It  was designed by H. C. Call.

Chicago Historic Property 3500 N Janssen - Chicago Rea Estate

Features and Amenities of this Chicago Historic Property:

  • Wide lot — 42 x 124
  • Brick Exterior
  • Recently renovated – Marshall Morgan Erb design
  • Twelve Rooms – 6 bedrooms
  • Gorgeous library on second floor
  • Roof deck over garage
  • Popular Hamilton Elementary School District – See Test Scores Here
  • Lower level includes family room, guest bedroom, and catering kitchen
  • Amazing wine cellar!
  • Gorgeous professionally designed landscape

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CPS High School Admissions Results – Selective Enrollment and CTE

 

The CPS Office of Access and Enrollment is feverishly finishing the selection process for this year’s Chicago 8th grade students.

Letters are to be mailed this Friday by the central office, letting 8th grade students and their parents know which selective enrollment high school, if any, they will be attending in the fall.

In addition, special program invitations will also be mailed.

For Jones College Prep, 390 “offers to attend” will be sent for selective enrollment seats. The class size should be about 350, so OAE Jones College Prepexpects around 40 students to decline the opportunity to enroll at JCP. For the 75 CTE slots, 75 letters will be mailed.

CPS has cross-referenced the selective enrollment and CTE  applications – if a student applied to both selective enrollment AND CTE at Jones College Prep, and he/she qualifies for the selective enrollment program, he will be slotted into that group. No one should receive an invitation to both programs at Jones College Prep.

This year, 4000 applications city-wide were submitted for the 75 CTE slots at Jones College Prep.   Last year, there were 1000 applications. For Jones, CTE is the pre-law and pre-engineering program that is geared to neighborhood students. Students are not separated from the selective enrollment students – they take all the same honors classes as everyone else. They have, however, a pre-law or pre-engineering  class each semester that relates to their particular interest.

After the selective enrollment assignments are made, the process for CTE selection begins.  OAE has 2 pools of applicants – a)  neighborhood, and b) outside the JCP boundary.  These applications are placed in order, beginning with the highest score. Students FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD are offered CTE slots first, in order of their scores. As seats are assigned, and the scores drop, eventually an application will have a score 150 points below the tier 1 cutoff for Jones (a number that’s not published as of this writing).  At that point, the selection process moves to the OUTSIDE – BOUNDARY students, and begins at the top. As previously mentioned, these 75 invitations will also go out in the mail on Friday.

We don’t know the ratio of “neighborhood” to “outside-boundary” applications, so it’s impossible to tell what any particular student’s chances are of getting in to this new and popular CPS program. This is only the 2nd year for the program, so historic numbers aren’t indicative of the program’s current popularity. Parents may remember that the program was recently announced that many didn’t even know of the program last year. That was last year! This year, based on the success of the program and the new building’s debut, the four-fold increase in applications isn’t surprising.

One fact remains — there are not enough seats available for students who want them, or for that matter, deserve them.

Great CPS school choices for B students are nil, and as the popularity increases for programs like Jones’ CTE (pre-law, pre-engineering), more private school elementary students will migrate to the Chicago Public School system for high school, leaving even fewer options available to students who grew up in the CPS elementary school system.

Once these admission letters are mailed, each high school will follow up with an information packet to their students. This packet will provide information on the school, as well as procedures for accepting the offer to attend. In the case of Jones College Prep, packets will go out right away, including an invitation for Freshman Welcome Night – March 4 and 5 — when students and parents can turn in their acceptance forms and learn about the registration process.

chicago public school admissions letters arrivingAt this writing, Jones College Prep does NOT have the list of accepted students from OAE.  They may not have the list until Friday, so the packets are now being stuffed to wait for the lucky winners’ address labels.

I’ve gone through this process 3 times, and my heart goes out to the Chicago families who are waiting to hear if they got into the selective enrollment high school of their choice. It’s a very stressful time. I wish you all the best!

Did anyone warn the mail carriers that Chicago parents will be stalking them on Saturday?!?!

If you have a question about navigating the Chicago Public School system,
and you’re looking for a parent who can give some insight or direction,
please give me a call!

I can’t promise I know every answer, but I can point you in a more helpful direction!

Anne Rossley

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Historic Chicago Properties – 3634 N Avers

 

This historic Chicago property has just been listed-  3634 N Avers in The Villa Historic District. Located between Irving Park and Addison near the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94), it’s a hop, skip, and jump for every important location in Chicago!

Historic Chicago Property

in

The Villa Historic District

 OPEN SUNDAY – 2/16  

12 – 3 pm

3634 N Avers3634 N Avers

$509,000

Make An Appointment Today!

The vintage details are spectacular!
  • Oak hardwood floors
  • Craftsman fireplace flanked by bookcases
  • Original stained glass windows in Living Room over bookcases
  • French Doors (2 sets!) with 12-light design connect Living Room to full-width Sun Room
  • Formal Dining Room with original built-in hutch
  • Grand crown moldings – Tiger Birch and Oak

 

3634 N Avers The VIlla Historic DIstrict
Features and Amenities not found in Typical Chicago Homes:
  • Sited on 50′ wide lot on parkway boulevard
  • Newer Kitchen with stainless steel appliances, custom cherry cabinets
  • Breakfast Room overlooking lush back yard
  • One-way street – slow traffic and quiet!
  • Four season Front Sun Room offers idyllic view of tranquil neighborhood!
  • Master Dressing Room offers additional space and storage
  • Reconfigured staircase to basement means comfortable access, ready for your rec room finishes
  • Tall attic ready for your finishes – perhaps a simple gable addition?
  • New copper returns between radiators
  • Steel beam support – solid home for years to come!

 3634 N Avers Kitchen

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Other Links:

Chicago Historic Districts

The Villa Website

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Villa Historic District Neighborhood Photos

 

Astor Street Historic District – Chicago Real Estate Update

Astor Street- the crown of the Gold Coast – Chicago’s premier Near North neighborhood…

What does a home cost on Astor Street?

The homes for sale range from $2,385,000 to $8,000,000.

1242 N Astor - chicago historic homes for sale

1242 N Astor

$2,385,000

1442 N Astor- Chicago Historic Homes-Gold Coast

1442 N Astor

$8,000,000

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How Big are the Homes on Astor?

Several homes are 10,000 or more square feet – the smallest home that’s for sale or sold over the last 3 years has been 4500 square feet.

Homes for Sale and Recently Sold

The following chart includes homes currently for sale, as well as property that has recently closed. Contact Anne Rossley for more information on these listings.

StatStreet #Str NameList PriceSold PrClosed DateASFRmsBRBACarsMTTaxesBuiltLotRehab?
ACTV1242Astor$2,385,0005100964.30545$20,741.971891PER SURVEYYes
ACTV1308Astor$2,500,000NR944.11181$45,755.00188718' 6 X 100Yes
ACTV1310Astor$2,950,000NR943.10132$40,215.30188819X100No
PCHG1224Astor$4,250,000NR1155.11615$26,100.00190924 X 90Yes
ACTV1221Astor$5,900,00053001245.15207$33,981.56189250X67Yes
ACTV1400Astor$6,900,000100001477.12100$79,864.291886110X40Yes
ACTV1442Astor$8,000,00075001255.22278$53,758.00189050X110Yes
CLSD1240Astor$2,500,000$2,500,00012/20/075200954.10172$22,499.00188820X100Yes
CLSD1222Astor$3,450,000$3,030,0008/19/0845001054.12266$43,817.42188625X85No
CLSD1218Astor$3,850,000$3,450,00011/19/0750001144.10212$36,422.32190025X125
CLSD1431Astor$4,200,000$3,675,00012/13/07NR1554.32872$36,256.04189425 X 125
CLSD1207Astor$4,250,000$3,750,0001/13/1175001264.13232$39,089.83UNK27X107Yes
CLSD1318Astor$4,750,000$4,154,0008/29/1175001356.22176$24,498.00188921x132x21x129Yes
CLSD1511Astor$4,300,000$4,300,0004/2/0785451864.109$38,235.0030 X 125
CLSD1520Astor$4,950,000$4,425,0003/13/0861001244.21893$30,279.22191130 X 110
CLSD1400Astor$6,900,000$5,200,0003/28/08100001577.12979$66,766.021886110X40Yes
CLSD1451Astor$6,100,000$5,250,0003/17/0870001367.12310$29,441.77191028.5 X 125Yes
CLSD1449Astor$5,750,000$5,250,0004/8/101070011582144$28,426.00189033X125Yes
CLSD1416Astor$10,500,000$8,500,0003/5/07NR2056.14652$46,722.79191275X110

Historic Charnley House

Charnley House on Astor Street

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homes for sale - Jones College Prep High School

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Other links of Interest:

History – Gold Coast Neighbors Association

Chicago Landmarks Page

Potter Palmer Houses – Designslinger

Joseph Ryerson House

Junior League of Chicago

Frommer’s Walking Tour

MetroWalkz Self-Guided Tour

The Archbishop’s Residence in the Gold Coast

Marking a Spot in the City’s History

Curbed Chicago – John Wellborn Root’s Home – 1310 Astor

Rogers Park Manor Historic District – Chicago Real Estate Update

 

ROGERS PARK MANOR HISTORIC DISTRICT

W. LUNT AVE (NORTH), N. WESTERN AVE (EAST), BOTH SIDES OF W.
FARWELL AVE. (EAST) AND N. CALIFORNIA (WEST)

Rogers Park Manor  – a charming Chicago neighborhood of bungalows built in the 1920’s, offers wonderful homes at affordable prices.

To read more about the history of the Rogers Park Manor neighborhood, read this article (select link) written by the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association.

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Indian Boundary Park

Rogers Park Manor is located just south of Indian Boundary Park, one of Chicago’s best neighborhood parks. Facilities include:

  • Cultural Center
  • Lagoons and Ponds
  • Tennis Courts
  • Outdoor Volleyball Courts
  • Community Gardens
  • Picnic Areas
  • Water Spray Features
  • Playgrounds

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For Sale and Recently Sold!

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Three homes available for sale today:

2600 W Coyle Rogers Park Manor

2600 W Coyle

$469,000

2625 W Farwell Chicago Real Estate

2625 W Farwell

$325,000

2656 W Coyle chicago real estate

2656 W Coyle

$469,000

ListedSoldASFClosed DateRmsBRBABuiltLot Rehab?Taxes
ACTV2625Farwell$325,0001700832.1192830X125No$4,626.99
ACTV2600Coyle$469,0002800932192132X124Yes$4,783.82
ACTV2550Farwell$299,9002000933192533X125No$4,939.01
ACTV2656Coyle$469,90038801042192133 X 124Yes$3,982.79
A/I2433Farwell$178,900985521.119203025No$3,219.00
CLSD2542Pratt$179,000$175,000NR9/13/13531UNK38X121No$1,302.00
CLSD2628Coyle$400,000$380,00027268/29/131542.1192333 X 124No$5,535.13
CLSD2627Lunt$415,000$400,000NR9/11/13832.1192825 X 125Yes$6,262.45
CLSD2646Coyle$474,900$467,000NR8/9/13943192343X124Yes$5,543.00
CLSD2715Morse$500,000$475,00026181/6/14942.1192858X124Yes$6,225.87
CLSD2414Farwell$119,480$119,50017088/30/1384319223348No$4,732.00

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WBEZ – 100 Years of Chicago Bungalows

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