20 Jul Krueger Funeral Home

13050 Greenwood Avenue Built in 1927 Photographs by BIHS Executive Director Kevin Brown   In 1858, Christian Krueger Jr. founded the funeral establishment that is presently the oldest business in Blue Island, having recently celebrated their 150th anniversary.   The Krueger family is synonymous with early Blue Island, and Christian Krueger played...

20 Jul Ward Seyfarth House

2523 High Street Built in 1926 Photographs by BIHS Executive Director Kevin Brown   Ward Seyfarth, an executive at Klein and Schroth Meat Co., was married to Florence Klein. Their son Harry became a prominent Chicago attorney and served for many years on the board of the First National Bank of...

20 Jul William Schreiber House

12857 Maple Avenue Built in 1950 Photographs by BIHS Executive Director Kevin Brown   William Schreiber’s great-grandparents came to Blue Island in the 1840s and founded a shop on Western Avenue that was the forerunner of the hardware business that served Blue Island for over a century.   Schreiber, who...

20 Jul William Seyfarth House

12904 Elm Street Built in 1926 Photographs by BIHS Executive Director Kevin Brown   Robert Seyfarth designed this home for his brother, William Seyfarth, who was a building superintendant in Chicago.   Seyfarth’s home and several other landmarks are located in an area that was once known as “Roche’s Woods.”...

20 Jul Arthur Seyfarth House

12844 Greenwood Avenue Built in 1929   Arthur Seyfarth was the advertising manager for the International Harvester Company of Chicago, and served for 12 years as President of the District 130 School Board.   For his home Arthur turned to his cousin, architect Robert Seyfarth.  Arthur was the son of Herman Seyfarth...

20 Jul Roy E. Geyer House

12850 Greenwood Avenue Built in 1923   Roy E. Geyer was a well-to-do insurance executive and together with his wife Irma was prominent in the civic affairs of Blue Island.   The Geyer’s chose architect Robert Seyfarth to design their home. Seyfarth’s work today is highly regarded for its simplicity and eye-pleasing...

19 Jul Robert Seyfarth House

12852 Maple Avenue Built in 1903   Robert E. Seyfarth was born in Blue Island in 1878 to Edward and Clara Seyfarth, well-to-do merchants whose hardware store was located at the site on which his grandparents had operated the tavern and boarding house they established when they came to...

18 Jul Robert Krueger House

12904 Greenwood Avenue Built in 1913   Robert Krueger was the first member of his family to devote himself exclusively to the funeral business founded by his father Christian Krueger Jr. in 1858.   For his home Robert Krueger turned to local architect (and “shirttail relative”) Robert Seyfarth.  One of...