2020 RPWRHS Historic House Walk: A (Virtual) Walk Through Time and Place

Instead of spending just one Sunday afternoon touring interesting historic homes in one neighborhood of Rogers Park or West Ridge, in 2020 we extended the tour over five Sundays and the whole community through virtual tours on Zoom. Weekly Episodes of A Walk Through Time and Place are recorded and available for viewing here. 

Episode 1

A Ranch House in the Sky

An inside look at a thoroughly up-dated three-bedroom unit in the Midcentury Modern Winston Towers Condominium Complex at the very edge of West Ridge and Chicago. See how this property, one of the last major parcels to be developed in West Ridge was marketed as an alternative to the appeal of suburban home ownership in the 1960s.

Presented September 13, 2020.

Episode 2

A Classic 1910 Two-Flat

6604 N Neewgard

Spacious two-flats can be found all over Rogers Park and West Ridge. Historically, they have both welcomed newcomers and provided family homes to for multiple generations of families in the community. This presentation gives an inside look of a building that has fulfilled both functions and continues to thrive. 

Presented September 27, 2020.

Episode 3

1922 Home, Garden and Gallery

This lovely home on Sheridan Road includes an extensive garden and on-site art gallery. It is located in a section of Rogers Park once known as Germania, a “no man’s land” at the turn of the 20th Century that was not annexed to Chicago until 1915.

Presented October 4, 2020

Episode 4

The 120-Year Work in Progress

Built around 1900 by a wealthy and socially prominent businessman, this home has witnessed and endured historic events and changing conditions for its entire history. The current owner, who grew up in the home and only recently returned to live there, is continuing the story with an ongoing restoration of the home to its original glory.  

Presented October 11, 2020

Episode 5

An Icon of the Roaring '20s

At the northern edge of Indian Boundary Park, one of Chicago’s early Cooperative Apartment buildings, The Park Gables, is a familiar landmark with a history that may surprise. Tour the property, including one beautifully-restored apartment, elegant common areas and lovely exterior gardens. .  

Presented October 18. 2020