Thursday, November 3, 2011

Alta Vista Terrace District [Part - I]


Address: One block long street, running north-south, located 3800 north, 1050 west Chicago. Runs between W Grace Street on the south and W Byron Street on the north.
Year Built: 1900 - 1904
Architect: Various
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: September 15, 1971..

The Chicago Landmark website descibes..
This street represents one of the last real estate developments of Samuel Eberly Gross, a highly colorful realtor responsible for the construction of thousands of houses in the Chicago area. Sometimes called "A Street of Forty Doors", Alta Vista Terrace displays a lively variety of architectural styles and detail, yet every townhouse on one side is duplicated with only minor variations at the diagonally opposite end of the block.


Chicago Landmark
Alta Vista Terrace District
1900-1904..

Alta Vista Terrace displays a lively variety of architectural styles and detail, yet every townhouse on one side is duplicated with only minor variations at the diagonally opposite end of the block. The distinctly human scale creates a unity and harmony rarely found elsewhere in the city.
Designated a Chicago Landmark on September 15, 1971
By the City Council of Chicago
Richard J. Daley, Mayor
Commission on Chicago Historical and Architectural Landmarks..


W Grace Street and Alta Vista Terrace..

W Byron Street and Alta Vista Terrace..

There are twenty pair of diagonally opposite matching houses. I have organized them in two parts..
NOTE: The west side of the street has even address numbers [3800 to 3846] and the east side of the street has odd address numbers [3801 to 3847] ..

Alta Vista Terrace District: Part I..
Alta Vista Terrace District: Part II..

[1] Diagonally opposite matching houses.. 3800 and 3847..
3800: First house from Grace Street
and it's diagonally opposite..
3847: First house from Byron Street

[2] Diagonally opposite matching houses.. 3802 and 3845..

[3] Diagonally opposite matching houses.. 3806 and 3843..

[4] Diagonally opposite matching houses.. 3808 and 3839..

[5] Diagonally opposite matching houses.. 3810 and 3837..

[6] Diagonally opposite matching houses.. 3812 and 3835..
Also notice the matching rectangular stained glass fanlight decorations, as shown in image below....


[7] Diagonally opposite matching houses.. 3814 and 3833..

[8] Diagonally opposite matching houses.. 3818 and 3831..

[9] Diagonally opposite matching houses.. 3820 and 3827..

[10 and 11] In the center are matching houses across the street..
3822 and 3824 on one side.. and
3823 and 3825 on the other side..
3822 and 3825 match diagonally..
3823 and 2834 match diagonally..


One of the most amusing Chicago Landmarks!

Related Links..
Alta Vista Terrace District: Part I..
Alta Vista Terrace District: Part II..