Worker's Cottages of Chicago
The Worker's Cottage is an early vernacular form of elegant residential architecture for urban working class families that proliferated between 1870 - 1890 in the Great Lakes region. Usually identical in shape and materials, these cottages are 1-1/2 stories with rectangular 4-6 room floor plans, 2-3 bay facade with a front-facing gable, and simple Italianate or Queen Anne ornamentation like cornice bracketing, circular attic windows known as an "oculus", and foliated incised masonry hoods above windows and doors. Most were built in a ring of neighborhoods outside of downtown settled during that period, like Pilsen, Old Town, Garfield Park, and Bucktown.
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