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.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Frank Glapa, Roycroft coppersmith

Click here to watch our neighbor Frank in action in a Roycroft class in East Aurora, New York, recently featured in the New York Times.

Monday, May 19, 2008

The bungalow, Chicago style

Visit yet another Flikr group for photos of bungalows around Chicagoland...

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Broken Bungalow

Here's a photo from my new Flickr friends, Broken Bungalow.
The live in the neighborhood in the 6100 block of Maplewood, and judging from their photos have been living la vida loca with all of their rehab work. Take a look, you're sure to see some painfully familiar scenes.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Corner Gardens Project

Here's our Corner Gardens Project mascot/ supervisor, Lucy.
Lucy invites you to join members of WRBN, North Side Alliance, West Rogers Park Community Organization and the North Town Garden Society as we work together to create corner gardens all over West Ridge.
Would you like your corners planted? Join us for a meeting at Sukhadias restaurant, 2559 W. Devon this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Lucy won't be there, but lots of hard-working volunteers will!

Monday, May 5, 2008

West Ridge neighborhood house tour

The Rogers / Park West Ridge house tour took place over the weekend. It was a glorious spring day, and a big success with over 100 attendees. Thanks to all of the homeowners and volunteers who helped make it happen!
Here's homeowner Van Soil on the day of the tour, showing off drawings by the orignal owner and builder of his home, architect Benedict Bruns. Mr. Bruns built his home on Rockwell in 1919, and was responsible for the design of many bungalows in our neighborhood and throughout Chicago.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Welcome Spring!

A beautiful garden on W. Albion near Campbell.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Does your place matter?

This is a very cool campaign, let's get some West Ridge photos in the online gallery!


The National Trust for Historic Preservation commemorates its fourth annual National Preservation Month in May with the theme: This Place Matters. Please join us in celebrating our country's diverse and irreplaceable heritage by participating in local events throughout the nation. Whether you are a historic homeowner, a heritage traveler, or a community planner or educator, opportunities abound for celebrating the unique culture and traditions of different areas of this country. Share your memories of the places that matter to you by participating in the This Place Matters photo campaign. Download the sign, take a picture and follow these simple instructions. View the online gallery of the places that matter to others.