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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

No Steps Up

A very unusual house in Old Town. This house is built right on ground level with just a door right off the street--most have porches and steps leading up. (This must make lugging grocery bags into the kitchen easier.) Another unusual feature of this house is the absence of brick or stone around its foundation (except for the paved walk)--unusual because the great Chicago fire changed forever the city's building habits which pre-fire, relied heavily on wood.

9 comments:

  1. Oh, but I like it a lot! It's got a lot of character. If I could find a house with no steps, no basement, one floor layout, main and service entrance, two baths, two beds, one giant kitchen (Osbourne's kitchen style sans the kitsch), no more than 1800 sq ft total and smack right in the middle of Toronto's Saint Lawrence or Boston's South End, I'd buy it in a heartbeat! It doesn't exist, I know. Sigh...

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  2. This house looks very surprising. Nice choice.

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  3. True, easy for the hauling of stuff, but a little height does help keep water and snow from coming in.

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  4. I would have never guessed this is in Chicago. Looks european!
    Very nice

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  5. Why would anyone want steps up? I know it’s common but I still haven’t figured out why. Most visitors will probably arrive at ground level so why not let them enter without levitating? ;)

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  7. Thanks for the comments fenix, calusarus, z, inspired, susan, per and camiseta. Thanks very much for visiting and commenting. This house really caught my eye because it is so unusual architecturally.

    Z mentioned the most practical uses of steps: to keep water and snow out. I think I would be unhappy if I had to constantly mop up the floor...

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  8. Townhouses and groceries...ugh....too many steps and too hard to carry...but this it lovely!

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