The Andridge Apartments
The 1923-built S-shaped apartment complex, while unique in design, provides insight into a wealth of cultural history attached to the 1920s. In contrast to the dark, urban apartments that dominated the landscape of many cities during the height of the Industrial Revolution, Chicago-area apartments of the post-WWI era were required to provide at least 20% courtyard space, if not 35% -- combating the urban ills for which famous progressive Jane Addams fought. The apartment arose amidst a strong Chicago and U.S. economy and building boom, helped when Evanston received rail access to Chicago's downtown.
Backstory and Context
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Hoffmann, John, editor. A Guide to the History of Illinois. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991.
"Nomination Form: Suburban Apartment Buildings in Evanston Thematic Resource: Andridge Apartments." National Register of Historic Places. January 30, 1984. Digitized form currently found at the National Archive Catalog at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/28890892.
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Photo SourcesAndridge Apartments, Taken 2012: By Thshriver - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19004179
Andridge Courtyard: Apartments.com (date and photographer unknown). https://www.apartments.com/1627-45-ridge-ave-evanston-il/k6y7v3c/