BUNGALOW HISTORIC DISTRICTS

One District at a Time

With strong community support, we have created 13 Historic Bungalow Districts in which homeowners can receive property tax freezes for up to 12 years, and take pride in their neighborhoods. Our districts span the Chicago map, from some of the earliest Chicago bungalow developments in South Shore to the most diverse architectural collection in Rogers Park. Our most recent listing sits in the beautiful Hermosa neighborhood, and is our first majority-Hispanic District.

A National Register Bungalow Historic District is a concentration of Chicago bungalows and other contributing structures formally recognized for its historical, cultural, and architectural significance. One bungalow in a district may not be particularly significant individually, but all of them are significant as a collection. Chicago bungalows nominated for listing on the National Register will be nominated as part of a district.

In addition to the prestige, community pride, and potential increased property resale value that come with living in a National Register Historic District, homeowners are eligible for the Property Tax Assessment Freeze Program.

Current National Register Bungalow Historic Districts

Hermosa Bungalow Historic District

December 31, 2018

The Hermosa Bungalow Historic District is located in Community Area 20 on the northwest side of Chicago, approximately 6 miles from the city’s commercial center. The district is roughly bounded by W. Belmont Avenue to the north, N. Lowell Avenue to the east, W. Diversey Avenue to the south, and N. Kolmar Avenue to the west.

Brainerd Bungalow Historic District

January 06, 2017

Brainerd experienced white flight in the1960s, and 2/3rds of white residents left Washington Heights. African Americans had previously been forced to live in certain cramped pockets of the city and finally were able to spread out into other areas of the city to look for better homes and jobs. In fact, 25,000 African Americans moved into the neighborhood during this decade—young families replacing the older white residents who had already raised their children in the previous decades.

Portage Park Bungalow Historic District

September 17, 2014

By the 1920s, with expanded transportation lines and construction of Portage Park and Portage Park Elementary School, residential, industrial, and commercial construction in the area quickly increased, particularly in the vicinity of the park, where the Portage Park Bungalow Historic District is located.

Auburn Gresham Bungalow Historic District

October 09, 2012

The brick Chicago bungalows that took over the Auburn Gresham Historic District in the 1920s reflect Chicago’s booming growth during the first three decades of the century, and the need to construct affordable housing in neighborhoods further away from the downtown area. 

West Chatham Bungalow Historic District

April 19, 2010

Originally an uninhabited swampy area of South Chicago, West Chatham began to flourish as a bungalow neighborhood in the 1920’s. During the first three decades of the 20th century Chicago’s South Side experienced a rapid growth of working class residents. After the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition the South Side became a desirable area to live in with it’s proximity to Jackson Park (former site of the 1893 exposition) and the Illinois Central Railroad which supplied many jobs to the area at the time.

Talman West Ridge Bungalow Historic District

December 10, 2008

Built between 1919 and 1930 by dozens of different architects and builders, the Talman West Ridge Historic District reflects the coming of age of the Chicago bungalow, when local architects and builders began experimenting with form and stylistic detailing to create bungalows that were unique to Chicago. 

South Shore Bungalow Historic District

December 10, 2008

Located approximately one mile west of Lake Michigan and one mile south of Jackson Park, site of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, the South Shore community developed significantly earlier than most areas within Chicago’s bungalow belt. Approximately half of the homes within the district were constructed before 1920. 

Falconer Bungalow Historic District

March 07, 2007

More than anything else, what distinguishes the bungalows that sprang up between the two northwest extensions of the Chicago, Minneapolis and St. Paul during the 1910s and 1920s is the fact that they were not segregated from the industrial and manufacturing districts where many of their residents worked—they were in the thick of it. 

North Mayfair Bungalow Historic District

February 01, 2006

Despite their restrained style, the early bungalows in North Mayfair were well built and well-designed homes. Architects like Benedict Bruns and Ernest Braucher were just beginning to make names for themselves within the emerging bungalow belt. These early bungalows, though simple, reflected a thorough understanding of the form.

Rogers Park Manor Bungalow Historic District

November 15, 2005

National City Realty sold the first parcels of land in the new subdivision of Rogers Park Manor around 1918; the remaining lots were sold over a 15-year period between 1915 and 1930 to willing developers and builders who, in combination with various architects and contractors, built homes in the subdivision one at a time or in small groups of no more than five. This pattern of development gave Rogers Park Manor a sense of diversity in its housing stock that more rigidly planned bungalow neighborhoods lacked.

Wrightwood Bungalow Historic District

September 15, 2004

Stoltzner Construction Company and architect Joseph Klafter designed and built all thirty-two bungalows on the 4600 block of W. Wrightwood Avenue in 1923-1924. Charles O. Stoltzner, who immigrated from Denmark in 1905, formed the company in 1920 with his two brothers. Stoltzner and architect Joseph Klafter designed the bungalows on the 4600 block as a group. All 16 bungalows on each block face were constructed simultaneously during the fall of 1923, for $6000 each.

Schorsch Irving Park Gardens Bungalow Historic District

February 25, 2004

The area that would become Schorsch Irving Park Gardens lay largely undeveloped until the turn of the century—the opening of the Milwaukee Avenue streetcar line through Portage Park in 1894 and the extension of another line along Irving Park Road in 1896 raised new interest in the area’s development.

South Park Manor Bungalow Historic District

February 25, 2004

As in the Irving Park Gardens district, the bungalows comprising the South Park Manor District reflect the rise and popularity of the Chicago bungalow and the promotion of single-family homeownership between 1910 and 1930. The district is unique among Chicago bungalow neighborhoods, however, because of its spacious landscape.

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Our work to create these districts is generously funded by The Driehaus Foundation.

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