Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Ever Popular Cape Cod Home

Our previous blog explored Colonial home architecture. We saw many different styles and variations,  15W243 Lexingtonoften  determined by the weather conditions of the home’s location. The Cape Cod style is a subset of Colonial architecture. In the 1700s, the Cape Cod often had a centered door with windows on either side. Inside the home, the staircase ran up the center of the house with a big chimney positioned to provide heat to the living areas and ceilings were low to keep the heat where it was needed. Builders used materials that would protect from the frigid winters, primarily timber, but soon started using local materials. Shingles were often made out of cedar or used pine flooring and were left unpainted, eventually turning gray over time. The homes were smaller than most colonials, usually between 1,000 and 2,000 square feet.Standard_Floor_Plans_for_a_Cape_Cod_Cottage-_ca._1940

Cape Cod homes differed from Colonials because they often had a master bedroom on the first floor and a loft on the second floor for the children. A typical Cape Cod home had very little ornamentation on the outside. A common decoration now, shutters originally served a very important purpose in protecting the windows during the wild storms of the Northeast.  The roof had a steep pitch to encourage snow to roll off and the inside walls were finished with wainscotting in order to prevent condensation from forming.

The popularity of the Cape Cod style could easily be attributed to Royal Barry Wills (1905-1962) an architect who designed variations which appealed to everyone from the affluent to returning service men who flocked to the planned communities and tract homes built after World Royal Barry WillsWar II. Mr. Wills improved upon this design to include modern amenities that provided more privacy and technology, including bathrooms and kitchens, while maintaining the simplicity, functionality and livability of the original Cape Cod design. Along with architecture, Wills was an accomplished author and used his talents to write books and magazine articles about his designs, thus ensuring that all parts of the country could benefit from his innovations.

The modern Cape Cod in some ways bears little resemblance to the original. Architects have moved the 980 S Springcentral fireplace to one side with the advent of more modern heating methods. While the original Cape Cod had no porch, often there is a screened porch to one side of the home and sometimes a porch is built across the front in more modern homes. What used to be a loft on the second story has expanded with the use of dormers to much more usable living space.  Garages and additions have been added in the back to increase common living space.

Cape Cod houses are ubiquitous, showing up on almost every block  where snow flies in the winter. Its popularity is rooted in the affordability and convenient layout most families require in their homes. But even with the changes adopted along the way, a Cape Cod home still shares its roots with the homes our forefathers raised their own families in.



The View from 101 York – June 2016

LW Reedy has been serving the Elmhurst community and surrounding areas since 1951. As the largest locally-owned real estate agency in Elmhurst, we have a passion for local news and events. Here’s our view of the community for this month, from our perch at 101 York in the heart of downtown Elmhurst.

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Block to Block Party

Come to City Centre in the heart of downtown Elmhurst for music and fun that runs from 5:30 to 8:30 pm every Wednesday this summer .

June 5, 2016
Strides Against MG Walk

Support the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of Illinois at Berens Park, 493 Oaklawn Avenue in Elmhurst. Take a walk or let the kids participate in the dash. Registration begins at 8:00 am and the event begins at 8:30 am. The Kids’ Dash is at 8:45 am. Watch out for bubbles, beach balls and hula hoops at this family friendly event. The cost mg-logois $30 per walker or $35 on the day of the event. Children under the age of 12 are $10 each. Four-legged walkers are also welcome.

Friday June 10 – Saturday June 11, 2016
Family Campout

Give your kids a real camping experience at the Fischer Farm at 16W680 Grand Ave in Bensenville. Sit camp outaround the campfire and eat roasted hotdogs, chips, s’mores and a continental breakfast the next morning. Campers should bring their own tent, sleeping gear, lawn chairs, bug spray, flashlight and whatever else you need. Electricity is not available for tents and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Check in at Fischer Farm at 5:00 pm on Friday and break camp after breakfast on Saturday at 9:00 am. Cost is $6 per person. Children aged 3 and younger are free. Make your reservations at Deer Grove Leisure Center by Monday, June 6 as space is limited.

June 12, 2016
Eldridge Adventure Day

Have some fun at Eldridge Adventure Day, starting at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Choose from a fishing contest, take a guided nature walk, play with some animals or find your own fun. Parking is available at the Community Bank of Elmhurst at 330 W Butterfield Road. The fun is free.

June 18, 2016
June Jazz

Grammy Award–winning singer Patti Austin and the Elmhurst College Jazz Band will present a free evening of music at 6:30 pm on the beautiful campus of Elmhurst College, located at 190 Prospect Avenue in Elmhurst. Bring a picnic basket, lawn chairs or blanket and settle in on the College Mall for a magical summer jazz interlude.

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COD’s First Regional Art Exhibition

The First Regional Art Exhibition at Cleve Carney Art Gallery is at McAninch Arts Center, located at the College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd in Glen Ellyn. This free exhibit is open from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, with late hours until 8:00 pm on Thursdays.

June 23, 2016
Middle School Night at East End Pool

Bring your middle school student, ages 11-14 years old, to East End Pool for a pool party from 8:30 to 10:30 pm. With a DJ, dancing, swimming and snacks available for purchase, it’s a safe and fun activity for a summer night. Attendees must be registered by an adult here. The cost is $5 in advance or $7 at the door.