Established in 2003, West Ridge Bungalow Neighbors is a voluntary group of neighbors in Chicago who desire to assist each other in preserving and appreciating the homes in our neighborhood; educating each other and the broader public in the value and the story of our neighborhood; and providing resources to each other to improve the quality of our homes, enrich our lives and assure our neighborhood's future.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

August 25 - From Garlows to Griffin

Greetings, Bungalow Neighbors!

What the heck is a Garlow? How do I get to see the inside a Walter Burley Griffin house? What are the bungalows in Beverly like? Where's the best hamburger joint in Chicago?

For answers to these questions, sign up for our Saturday 8/25 WRBN tour of the Beverly Hills Neighborhood (with a stop enroute in Chatham). This tour is for current WRBN members only!

If you'll be driving and are able to take passengers, or if you'll need a ride, please let us know. Maps will be provided.

Noon. Our tour begins at the corner of 80th and King Drive in Chatham on the south side. Three blocks of little houses in the heart of Chatham were the1920s brain child of developer Richard Cramer. Cramer built small “Garlows”, or "Garage Bungalows” at the rear of the lots. These "starter homes" were designed to ease the path to home ownership. As the owners became more prosperous, larger bungalows could be built in front, and the Garlows would then be converted to garages. From there we'll drive to Beverly.

1:00 - 1:15 p.m. Gather for lunch at Top Notch Burger, 2116 W. 95th St. Some say it's the best burger in Chicago!

2:30 p.m. We'll convene at the nearby Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley Ave., for an overview of neighborhood history followed by a walking tour tailored to our interests, led by HS Board Member Linda Lamberty, around this historic area. Highlights may include two Frank Lloyd Wright designs, other Prairie School houses, and lots of bungalows, of course.

4:30 p.m. Our final stop will be an exclusive private tour of the Walter Burley Griffin residence of Kent and Michelle Lamberty on Walter Burley Griffin Place (104th), a Chicago Historic Landmark District.

We'll then head back to our own glacial ridge on the far north side.

Jo and Maribeth

(To sign up for the tour or for details on becoming a member, email Maribeth at xxx.)

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