A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Posts Tagged ‘history’

Speakeasy or Not?

When I decided to start researching our 1930 neighbors, the first ones who came to mind were the inhabitants of the middle bungalow across the street. If you’ve read my blog for a while, you might remember that this certain bungalow was rumored to be a speakeasy during Prohibition. The people who owned the house…

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The Ol’ Toilet Switcheroo

Last Monday we decided it would be really nice to have a bathroom, or at least a working toilet, in the basement for the 14 guests we were having on Thanksgiving Day. Pete’s father will be 89 next week, so we certainly don’t want him to have to climb stairs, but with five kids in…

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Stained Glass Door

A little more about our stained glass basement, yes basement, door from the previous post. As I said earlier, we brought this door with us from the previous house, however it wasn’t original to the house; it came from Pete’s family cottage, located just over the Wisconsin border. Pete’s grandfather built one of the first…

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Clinkers

Earlier this week I showed off our outdoor water feature, the Giant Bubbling Urn. You may have noticed the decorative “stones” in the bowl at the top of the urn and, since the colors match the urn so well, thought that the stones came with the urn. This was actually Pete’s brilliant idea. These are…

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Can You Dig It?

Yesterday we ordered 5 cubic yards of Grade 8 Limestone for the paths and patio foundation. According to calculations it will fill the patio and about half of the paths. The delivery truck can only handle 5 yards at a time because of the weight of the stone, but we planned to order a portion…

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Splitting Up

Last spring, just before we closed on this house our neighbor (who was also our neighbor in the previous house — we basically leap-frogged them) bought half of the empty lot between the two houses which the PO owned. They had approached him long ago and asked if he would consider selling part of the…

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From Speakeasies to Stripp Joynts

Back in the roaring ’20s and early ’30s, Morton Grove was notorious for its roadhouses and speakeasies. It’s reputed that one of the bungalows on our block was a speakeasy. I’ve tried to find out the history on our house, but the only information I have so far is that a Leo Milke lived here…

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The neighbor visits…

While I continued to plan and dream about either adding on to our current house or moving, our neighbor down the block stops by to let us know that he’’s getting married. We’’ve known this neighbor, D, for a long time. Most of our neighbors have been around for a long time and we’’re all…

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Here’s How it All Started…

We are Denise (the author of this blog) and Pete. We are under contract on this Chicago-style bay bungalow in Morton Grove, Illinois, a small suburb just north of Chicago. We currently own a 1963 raised ranch. It’’s a perfectly nice house, for someone else. I’’ve lived there since Pete and I got engaged in October…

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