A Project by
the Museology Class of 2000
Chicago's East Side Residential Architecture
East Side Welcome
Block History
9700 Ave H
Chart History 9700 Ave H
CNT Chart 9700 Ave H
Curriculum Materials
Architecture Welcome
     Students have selected one representative block in each of the communities of Chicago's Southeast Side.  The block was chosen to illustrate various styles of residential architecture common in the particular community.  The 9700 block of Avenue H was chosen for the East Side community. The residential architecture of the East Side really didn't start developing until the 1870's when companies near the Calumet River and  harbor emerged. The northern part of the East Side (north of the railroad tracks which parallel Indianapolis Boulevard) was called Taylorville.  The 9700 block of Avenue H is in Taylorville. The most popular architect who designed the houses on the 9700 block of Avenue H, during the early 1900s, was T. W. Fisher. He designed 2 Flats, single family dwellings, and Edwardian style houses.  This block was chosen because of the variety of housing styles that are on the block.  The southern part of the East Side was called Colehour.  It was not until 1889 that the East Side finally became part of Chicago. During the 1920s, between 95th and 109th streets, the largely residential community was filled with brick bungalows, two flats and a few apartments. Information for the "Block Chart" was derived from city building permits and is somewhat incomplete.  The CNT chart was developed from information from the Center for Neighborhood Technology web site.  Images were taken with a digital camera by the students who worked on this project. 

Click on the links at the left to tour residential architecture of 
Chicago's East Side.

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