While walking home…

…from the grocer the other, I happened upon this signpost which I realized I’d never shown here before.

It’s just less than a block from where I live, and it brings back so many childhood memories, because this was the very first children’s program I viewed when my Dad bought our first television in 1950–“Kukla, Fran and Ollie”!

Please, take a moment to read…this TV program gave me and my brothers many hours of great entertainment!

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To think, he gave puppet shows from his apartment window!

Now, I’ve passed this building many, many times, always admiring it for having that ‘certain something’…I just really like the look of it, so I began photographing it in relation to the information re: Mr. Burt Tillstrom.

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I figured that this had to have been the puppet show window, as I could envision the neighborhood kids gathering on the lawn below, enjoying themselves on a war Summer evening.

I figured that this had to have been the puppet show window, as I could envision the neighborhood kids gathering on the lawn below, enjoying themselves on a war Summer evening.

I was about to walk away when I noticed a plaque to the right of that window.

I walked right over the lawn to take a shot, thinking it was a typical ‘management’ sign–but NO!

To my surprise, it not only signified the name of the building, but also the architect!

Are you as surprised as I?

Are you as surprised as I?

As I recall from viewing a DVD on Mr. Wright’s life recently, he was really scrambling for money in 1918, so perhaps he took this commission ‘for the bucks’, diverging from his normal-for-that-time Prairie style architecture!

As I said, the building has that ‘certain something’, but I hadn’t realized it was THAT ‘certain something’!

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Remember awhile back…

…when I presented this Prairie Style house?

Well, I was walking up Sherwin Avenue yesterday (to get to the grocer’s) and happened to be on that side of the street…and the lighting (it was ‘noonish’) happened to be spectacular…and I happened to stop in my tracks!

The front windows under that ‘Prairie Style Overhang’ happened to jump out and cry, “Oh…take our picture, please…pretty, pleeeease!”…so I did…and happened to find some of the most fantastic ‘original’ early 20th century glass I have ever seen!  Take a look:

Prairie Style-3 Windows

Have a closer peek at the rightmost window from a more ‘head-on’ angle:

Prairie Style-1 Window

Aren’t the distortions caused by the hand-laid glass fascinating?  I don’t know the exact age of this house, but would estimate it was built before 1920, and designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, if not Mr. Wright himself.  I’ll need to do some more research…introduce myself to the owners…perhaps they know some nice tidbits!