Beverly Hills/Morgan Park is rich in significant architecture, with examples of every major regional style built between the Victorian era and World War II, including Stick, Italianate, Colonial Revival, Tudor, Prairie, Art Moderne, Chicago Bungalow and many more.
Architects who have worked in the community include Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Burley Griffin, George W. Maher and Howard Van Doren Shaw, as well as notable local architects Harry Hale Waterman, Rudolph Boehm, Homer G. Sailor and father and son John Todd and Murray Hetherington.
Researching your house can be fascinating, and the Architectural Resource Center of Ridge Historical Society (RHS) can help you get started. RHS researchers offer advice on how to identify basic information about your house and neighborhood. Using sources available through RHS and through City of Chicago and Cook County records, you can determine the date your house was built, whether an architect designed it, who the builder was, and changes that may have been made to it over the years. There is a fee for certain research services.
Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley Ave., is open Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. You can make appointments by calling 773-881-1675 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the RHS and the Architectural Resource Center at www.ridgehistoricalsociety.org.
Ridge Historic District (1976) is on the National Register of Historic Places. The City of Chicago has designated Longwood Drive (1981), Walter Burley Griffin Place and the Beverly Hills/ Morgan Park Railroad Stations (1995) districts. There are also five Chicago Landmark houses, and many historic bungalows. No other historic community in Chicago has the vast collection of uninterrupted blocks of well-built, architect-designed historic homes that is found in Beverly Hills/Morgan Park.
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