Fred & Mamie Dorman House

2451 Oak Street

Built in 1903

Photographs by BIHS Executive Director Kevin Brown



This residence, built in 1903 by Fred and Mamie Dorman, is an outstanding example of a worker’s cottage.  Small, narrow homes like the Dorman House were often built on stone foundations and employed “balloon framing” – an innovative construction technique pioneered in the Midwest that used machine-sawn wood members of standard sizes and inexpensive, machine-cut nails to construct a home quickly and without the need for highly skilled craftsmen.


Blue Island’s broad spectrum of historic homes includes exellent examples of vernacular styles, such as the Dorman House.  All of them contribute to our understanding of Blue Island’s heritage.


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