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

Posts Tagged ‘neighbors’

1935 Roadhouse Fire Chain of Events

This post has been in my drafts for ages! I’ve always been meaning to post it, but somehow it never seemed like the right time. Since the 79th anniversary of this tragic fire happened just last week, I thought it was now time to finish the story. For a little background, five years ago I…

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Club Rendezvous Trajedy

I continued my research on our 1930 neighbor, who during Prohibition ran a speakeasy in his basement. I came across links to articles in various papers across the country: Reno, NV, Sheboygan, WI, and others. At first I thought, these must belong to another Elmer Cowdrey. Then I thought maybe he moved to one of…

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Roadhouse Hot Spot

The next chapter in our little neighborhood’s 1930 history continues. In the last post, after years of rumor and hearsay, I wrote about discovering an article in the Chicago Tribune confirming that our neighbor’s bungalow was, in fact, a speakeasy during Prohibition. That owner, Elmer (Al) Cowdrey, went on to own and operate Club Rendezvous,…

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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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Our 1930 Neighbors

I spent a little more time researching the Blasen family, whom it appears were the first owners of our bungalow. Their son Leo, who was 12 as of 1930, went on to marry and raise 10 children. It looks like they migrated to the western suburbs and retired to Florida. He has passed away, although…

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Garden Spaces

As you’ve probably read or heard, when planning outdoor spaces it’s nice to incorporate different “rooms” depending on how you want to use them. While the bulk of our outdoor entertaining will be centered around the patio, it’s also out in the open for everyone to see (until our shrubs grow big enough) and it…

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Cautiously Optimistic

We planted the Arborvitae last night (photos to come). We also bought dogwood shrubs while we were at Lurvey’s but ran out of time (and sunlight) last night, so we’ll plant those tonight in front of the “arbs” as they were called at the nursery. We ended up with the variegated leaf (green and white),…

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The Time Has Come

Pete decided to pull out the aluminum slats from the fence so that the neighbor realizes the fence removal is coming very soon. Instead of just yanking the fence out in one fell swoop, we’re kind of lessening the shock. We hope. It already looks much better. And, it’s Earth-friendly too:— leave it out for the…

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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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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Ours keeps going and going! The prairie will be in full bloom very soon. Right now the Sand coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) is in bloom and the Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is starting to open. It’s very fragrant right now in our backyard, but not overpowering. Here you see Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) in the foreground.…

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