Happy Birthday, Frank Lloyd Wright!

BAPA’s Beverly Hills/Morgan Park Home Tour Features 2 Wright Homes on May 21

Two unusual homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and a tiny house designed and built by students from the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences are among the outstanding stops on the Beverly Area Planning Association’s Beverly Hills/Morgan Park Home Tour Sun., May 21, 12 to 5 p.m.

All tours must begin by 3 p.m., and start at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Dr., where people must check-in to receive their booklets, which are required for admission into the homes.  The three-level historic Ridge Park fieldhouse features a pool, meeting rooms, performance space, gym and workout room, as well as the Vanderpoel Art Association art gallery.

2 Rare Wrights

This is a particularly important year for fans of Frank Lloyd Wright and his architecture. It is the 150th anniversary of the architect’s birth, as well as the 100th anniversary of the construction of Wright’s Guy C. Smith House in Beverly/Morgan Park. The Smith House and the Jesse & William Adams House, both Chicago Landmark houses, will be open for the Tour. They are rare and distinctive examples of Wright’s work.

The Guy C. Smith house is one of two American System Built homes designed by Wright and built in our community in1917.  Wright’s goal was to offer livable and beautiful prefabricated housing at a moderate price.  Only a few of the homes were built before the US entered World War I and construction materials became less available.  The current owners have spent more than 25 years carefully restoring this house. It as last on the Home Tour a decade ago, and since that time has undergone a complete renovation of its spacious yard that includes the installation of a Wright-inspired pond and all new landscaping.

Built in 1901, the Jesse and William Adams house was designed during an important period of experimentation for Frank Lloyd Wright that resulted in the development of the Prairie School. The home’s owner, William Adams, commissioned Wright to design it. Adams was a contractor/builder who worked with several prominent architects on residential and commercial buildings. Adams and Wright worked on several projects. Emerging Prairie Style elements in the Adams house can be seen in the horizontal design and the way the porch connects the homes interior and exterior. The Adams house was last on BAPA’s Home Tour in 1996.

Also Featured on the Tour

The Tour will also open the doors to an exceptional Prairie Style house that has been renovated from top to bottom for a contemporary family lifestyle; an English style home designed by Homer G. Sailor and built in 1930 for a prominent Chicago financier; a historied Colonial Revival Foursquare built in 1903 on a wooded lot atop the hill; and a tiny house built for display at Chicago’s Home and Garden Show by students at the Chicago Ag school.

Home Tour stops feature cooking and decorating demonstrations, experts offering home and garden advice, tastings and lots more.

Buy Your Tickets Today!

Tickets for the Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, and available online at www.bapa.org or at the BAPA office, 1987 W. 111th St., Mon. through Thurs., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information on the event, volunteering or becoming a sponsor, contact bapa@bapa.org. .


Calumet Paint Talks Spring Trends and Wrigley Field Renovations

By Kristin Boza

Calumet Paint & Wallpaper, 12120 S. Western Ave., is dedicated to quality service and expertise, and their finger is on the pulse of home decor trends — which could be some of the many reasons why they were chosen as the paint experts and supplier for the major Wrigley Field renovation.

Owner Mark LaVelle is really excited to be a part of the Wrigley Field renovations. “The changes being made inside and outside the ball park are astonishing,” he said. “[The Ricketts family] has taken a baseball shrine and are returning it to the Taj Mahal of sports and a must-see tourist attraction in Illinois.”

Calumet Paint is starting the third year of its engagement with the Wrigley Field project. The store is responsible for matching all of the colors and have the formulas for each aspect of the project, supplying all of the paint for the buildings, inside and out.

Closer to home, and on a much smaller scale, Calumet Paint donated paint for a “tiny house” built by Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences students, which was featured at the Chicago Home and Garden Show and will be open for touring on BAPA’s Beverly Hills/Morgan Park Home Tour on Sun., May 21.

LaVelle, who attended Clissold Elementary School and Morgan Park High School, quickly said yes when asked for the donation. “We strongly believe in being proactive in our community. Tiny Houses have created a lot of attention; the innovation and use of square footage is truly amazing,” he said. “This will definitely be an exciting and positive event, and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

Calumet Paint employees are knowledgeable and experienced people who advise their customers on trends, tools, tips and materials. “All of our employees are experienced painters; they offer a lot of advice based on their experience,” LaVelle said. “In 2017, we’re seeing a lot of dramatic colors in paint, with shades of muted taupe, gray, burgundy, sienna and amethyst.”

LaVelle is also seeing a resurgence in wallpaper sales, with most homeowners choosing to use it on accent walls. “Wallpaper is a long-term commitment because of the cost. The designs are beautiful and there’s plenty to choose from,” he said. He warns that patterns are available for about two years, so if wallpaper is chosen, be sure to buy extra in case it needs to be repaired years down the road. Not only will it be hard to find at a later date, but it’s also essential to get extra wallpaper from the same run number as the original, since the color or pattern on other runs may not match exactly.

Paint is always advantageous for homeowners, since it’s inexpensive, can be easily changed and repaired, and it never needs to be removed. “I’m a big paint fan,” LaVelle said. “It protects everything inside and outside of your home. Anything that can deteriorate is protected by paint.” He advises using a good quality paint, since the colors are brighter, it adheres better and covers well, and it’s easy to clean.

Wallpaper and paint are two relatively easy ways to brighten your home. “Your everyday world is full of aggressive energy; you need to create your own serenity with your home,” LaVelle said. “Color has the power to affect how we feel mentally and physically. It’s a powerful design tool that can make rooms feel more calm, cheerful, comfortable or dramatic. Color makes a tiny room larger or a spacious one feel more intimate, without the time or expense of moving walls.”

To get a consultation for your own home paint/wallpaper renovation, visit Calumet Paint & Wallpaper or call 708-371-2240.

Lego Workshop Offers Hands-On Home Design

BAPA will host a Hands-on Home Design Lego Workshop for kids Sun., Mar. 26, 1 to 3 p.m., BAPA Community Room, 11109 S. Longwood Dr.

As the excitement builds for BAPA’s Beverly/Morgan Park Home Tour in May, area kids can develop an appreciation for local building and landscape architecture from local experts. The kids can use their creative skills to construct their own buildings and enhance them with landscaping.

Legos are being loaned to BAPA by IIT.

The workshop is free to BAPA members and $10 for non-members. Space is limited and registration is required. Info/registration: bapa@bapa.org or Mary Jo Viero, 773-233-3100.