Buildings at 815-817 Brummel and 819-821 Brummel
Built two years apart (1927 & 1928), by two different architectural firms, the two L-shaped apartment buildings face each other, forming what appears to be a single, U-shaped apartment complex, minus a tiny walkway that separates the two. Unique to the Brummel buildings, the two half-courtyards also face each other, allowing for what appears to be a large courtyard space. In part, the courtyard space provided by both owe their existence to the changing cultural values during the early part of the 20th century; progressive Americans sought to promote healthier living than what was common in urban environments. Urban crowding also played big part in why many fled the cities for suburban communities.
Backstory and Context
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"Nomination Form: Suburban Apartment Buildings in Evanston Thematic Resource: 815-817 Brummel and 819-821 Brummel." National Register of Historic Places. January 30, 1984. Digitized form currently found at the National Archive Catalog at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/28890896
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September 1983 (both photos): Cynthia Fuller. Both are screenshots of PDF file provided by the National Parks Service, found at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/28890896.
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