1901 W. Farwell Avenue

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1901 W. Farwell Avenue, J.W. Deer, 1919.

1901 W. Farwell Avenue, Justin Hetler and Veronica Hetler

2013 Annual House Tour

Cook County property records show that this house is 116 years old (1897-2013)and was built in 1896-7, making it one of the oldest surviving homes in the neighborhood. The original owner of the home, John L. Nelson, immigrated to the United States from Sweden with his parents in 1853. At 13, he ran away from home and enlisted in an Illinois regiment of the Union Army during the Civil War. After the Civil War he returned to Chicago at age 21 and became a successful electrical engineer.

Originally built as a single-family home, the second floor was converted to a second apartment during the Depression Era. Currently, the second floor also has three bedrooms, a living, dining room, kitchen and bathroom. The Hetler family is only the fifth family to own and reside in the home.

Prior to their move into the home, the Hetlers had all walls and woodwork in the formal living and dining rooms restored as well as many less obvious or exciting updates to the electrical and plumbing systems. Details such as the etched glass in the entry, tile fireplace, and beautiful grounds are what drew the family to the home.

Full remodels of the main floor kitchen and baths are anticipated for the near future.