Ernest & Irene Rauch House

2517 Orchard Street

Built in 1924

Ferdinand W.C. Roeddiger, Architect

Photographs by BIHS Executive Director Kevin Brown


Bungalows are much loved in our area, with a truly unique twist to the housing style known as the “Chicago Bungalow.”  The original bungalows were influenced by Arts and Crafts design from California, but in Chicago, builders used brick.  The classic Chicago Bungalow is one and a half stories tall, and is noted for having its gables facing the street.


The Rauch House features solid brick construction, a full basement, Craftsman-inspired side entrance, large street facing dormer, an abundance of windows and a “Pagoda” style roof.  The attic was finished at a later date as the family grew in size.  This home has original oak woodwork, crown moldings, original windows, French doors, archways, and fireplace bookcases.


This stylish home was on the wishlist of every newlywed couple in the Roaring 1920s.  In fact, many period musical songs were written about the bungalow.  These homes remain as popular today as they were when first built, a testament to the enduring craftsmanship and style of the era.  You will find examples of the “Chicago Bungalow” on almost every street in Blue Island.



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