Albert Roche House

12900 Maple Avenue

Built in 1878

Photographs by BIHS Executive Director Kevin Brown


Albert Roche was the son of Walter P. Roche and a stockbroker in Chicago. Albert married Alice Kile, a pioneer settler and daughter of Village Board President Merrill Kile, the year this home was built.


The Albert Roche House has been expertly maintained, and is a wonderful expression of how 19th century architecture was able to unite very simple features into a pleasing, interesting whole.


The groups of windows at the front of the home provide a well lighted and ventilated parlor for the family. A planar hood molding provides protection for the windows and a bit of architectural interest. The second floor windows sport a unique octagon “arch.” The entryway is a classic of the period: long divided sidelights, a glazed and paneled door, topped with a transom window. Homebuilders today could learn much from the balance and economy of this home’s design.



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