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About the Building
The architect for this 1897 Colonial Revival style duplex was John Roth, Jr. As seen in this house, Roth’s trademark residential designs generally had strong ornamental exteriors and grand entrances. The house still retains much of the original natural woodwork, hardwood floors and four decorative (non-functioning) fireplaces. Meyer Bros. was the builder, and the original owner may have been C. H. Strong.
Since purchasing the home in 2013, Marc and Jessica have converted the duplex into a single family home. A recent attic conversion completed this year gives the family over 6,500 sq. feet of living space with 11 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. They wanted as much space as possible because their family of four has grown to a family of eight with four foster children.
In addition to the attic conversion, Marc and Jessica replaced all the old knob and tube wiring, reroofed, added central air, updated the furnaces, and replaced all the windows. They’ve redone the kitchen, replaced the upstairs kitchen with a laundry room, and replaced the old one-car garage with a two-car garage that features a flat roof for entertaining. Come and see what they’ve accomplished since they were on tour in 2015. Throughout the renovations, their goal has been, as much as possible, to sensitively blend the changes and additions as if all were part of the original house.
About the Tour
When: Saturday, June 18th, 2016 10AM TO 4PM
Where: Tour headquarters is the Tripoli Shrine Center, 3000 W Wisconsin Ave
Cost: $17 in advance. $20 day of event.
Phone: 414.459.9375 Website: www.hcni.org