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Prairie Styles of the 4900 block of Bernard St.

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4927 N Bernard [John Morris/Chicago Patterns]

The stretch of Bernard Street in Albany Park between Lawrence Avenue and the North Branch of the river is home to several Prairie-styled homes and flats. They range from initial settlement of the area (just after the turned of the century) to the boom days of the 1920s.

4927 Bernard (above) is a yellow-brick two-flat built around 1921.

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5000 Block of N Ridgeway Ave

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5019-5023 N. Ridgeway, built 1927. [John Morris/Chicago Patterns]

The 5000 block of N. Ridgeway in Albany Park, featuring Arts and Crafts and Prairie-influenced two-flats.

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1913 Crematorium and Columbarium

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1913 Crematorium and Columbarium at Bohemian National Cemetery, with Albin Polasek’s 1927 Mother monument on left.


A Glimpse of the Golden Age of Auto Showrooms: Richard’s Body Shop in Albany Park

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Richard’s Body Shop in Albany Park

The 1920s were the heyday of magnificent auto showrooms, many of which drew from the same stylistic inspirations as the movie palaces being built in this decade.

The current home of Richard’s Body Shop began its life as an opulent auto showroom. When traveling on Lawrence Avenue in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, it is likely that this building at 3041 W. Lawrence Ave will catch your eye.

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