Castle Tower Apartments
One of the many courtyard-style apartments that arose during the 1920s in the Chicago metro region, the 1928-built Castle Tower Apartments point to a desire to create multi-family dwellings that appealed to middle-class values. Rather than build bland, non-descriptive and crowded apartments, many architects played on ancient Roman and Medieval European designs, including the courtyards which also drew inspiration from U.S. Progressives that promoted healthier living and outdoor spaces, differing from city slums and crowded spaces.
Backstory and Context
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"Nomination Form: Suburban Apartment Buildings in Evanston Thematic Resource: Castle Tower Apartments" National Register of Historic Places. January 30, 1984. Digitized form currently found at the National Archive Catalog at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/28890902
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Ivy Filled Courtyard: VHT Studios via Zillow Reality, Zillow.com: https://www.zillow.com/b/2212.dash.26-sherman-ave.-evanston-il-5XjMLb/
Taken 1983: From the National Archives (via National Register of Historic Places): https://catalog.archives.gov/id/28890902
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