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It is anyone’s guess when and where the last house will be built in still-growing Tinley Park. And the facts concerning the first house built in the village are just as uncertain. “The village came into existence in 1853, and there is a story out there that the first house was built in 1842,” said Brad […]

The History of Villa Charlotte Bronte, a Romantic Idyll in the Bronx

Perched atop a cliffside in the Bronx overlooking the Palisades sits one of the most charming residences within New York City: Villa Charlotte Bronte. It’s located in Spuyten Duyvil, which translated from Dutch means “spouting devil,” an appropriate moniker given the dangerous tidal currents created as a result of the confluence of the Hudson and […]

The most beautiful NYC buildings – Trinity Church (Manhattan)

Trinity Church is a historic parish church in the Episcopal Diocese of New York located near the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway in the lower Manhattan section of New York City, New York. Known for both its location and endowment, Trinity is a traditional high church, with an active parish centered around the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communion in missionary, outreach, and fellowship. The Trinity Church has been significant […]

Historic Mansions on Long Island from the Gold Coast Era – Falaise (Guggenheim Estate)

Falaise, the third mansion on the Guggenheim Estate, was built by Daniel Guggenheim’s son Harry on the 90 acres of the estate presented to him by his father upon his marriage. The waterfront, 13th century Norman style manor is one of the few intact historic houses on the North Shore of Long Island. The house contains […]

The Story of Chicago Houses – James Charnley House

The James Charnley Residence, also known as the Charnley-Persky House, is a historic house museum at 1365 North Astor Street in the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Built in 1892, it is one of the few surviving residential works of Louis Sullivan, and features major contributions by Frank Lloyd Wright, who was then working as a draftsman in Sullivan’s office. The house is […]

Elgin IL in the 60’s and 70’s

The next best thing to going shopping in Chicago was going shopping in Elgin Here are some photos sure to bring back memories of that big city in the Carpentersville area. In 1975 I lived in Elgin and worked at the Pizza Hut on N. Mclean Blvd. and one of the McDonalds(I think there were […]

The Story of The Bronx Houses – The Bartow-Pell Mansion

The Bartow-Pell Mansion is a historic house museum located in the northern portion of Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, New York City. A National Historic Landmark, it has one of the nation’s finest Greek Revival interiors, and is the last surviving major mid-19th century country estate house in the Pelham Bay area. Originally the Robert and Maria Lorillard Bartow House, the residence and estate date […]

Historic Mansions on Long Island from the Gold Coast Era – Winfeld Hall, Woolworth Mansion

Located at Glen Cove, the historic Woolworth Estate, also known as Winfield Hall,  was designed in 1916 by acclaimed architect C. P. H Gilbert for the prominent department store owner Frank Winfield Woolworth. Construction of the Italian Renaissance style home was commenced immediately after Woolworth’s prior home–located at the same site–was destroyed in a mysterious fire. Fortunately, […]

The Story of Chicago Houses – The Swift Mansion

The Swift Mansion Like the Glessner house, the Swift mansion at 4500 South Michigan Avenue is a reminder of the period in the late 19th and early 20th centuries when the South Side was home to many of Chicago’s business and social leaders.  A rare survivor of that era, now set amidst apartment buildings, business blocks, and […]