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History Society Hosts Annual House Walk

Posted on March 23, 2010


Chicago – March 15, 2010 - The Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society will
host its Annual House Walk on Sunday, May 2, 2010 from 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m.
This year’s tour will highlight homes surrounding Indian Boundary Park, including
the notable Park Castles and Park Gables apartment buildings.
Registration for the house walk is available at or by calling
(773) 764-4078. Admission is $25 for society members and $30 for non-members.
A discounted rate of $20 for members and $25 for non-members will be offered
through April 25. Day-of registration will be available at the Indian Boundary Park
Cultural Center, 2500 West Lunt Ave. beginning at 12 Noon. The last tour will
start at 3:30 p.m.

Several units of the Park Castles and Park Gables will be open for the tour as well
as the buildings’ spectacular Art Deco swimming pools. The structures grace the
eastern and northern boundary of the park – a magnificent group of Gothic and
Tudor Revival style structures built in the late 1920s by developers Gubbins,
O’Donnell & Blietz.

Indian Boundary Park was opened in 1922 as the centerpiece of the Ridge Avenue
Park District. The 13-acre park was designed as a pastoral landscape with
picturesque gardens, a lagoon with a small island, rolling lawns, and meandering
paths. Its field house, now the Indian Boundary Park Cultural Center, was
designed by prominent architect Clarence Hatzfeld, and is noted for its unusual
combination of Tudor Revival design and Native American images and sculptures.
Several other homes near the park owned by notable 1920s personalities will be
included in the tour. The Indian Boundary area is a hidden gem on the north side,
with an abundance of historically and architecturally significant buildings and

A new exhibit in the park’s cultural center, A Park is Your Front Yard: Indian
Boundary Park and the Gubbins, McDonnell & Blietz Co-ops, 1915-1929 will be
open to tour participants on May 2.
The Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society was formed in 1975 to preserve
the history of Rogers Park and West Ridge as a vital part of the City of Chicago,
and to provide interactive education about these communities to the public.

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