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2014 Angel Guild Award Reception
Tickets Available Now!
Join us at our 2014 Angel Guild Award Reception as we honor Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his strong commitment to Chicago families and neighborhoods.

Thursday, May 1, 2014 

The Berghoff Restaurant
17 West Adams Street 





Window Campaign Tidbit
How to repair window screens in preparation for Spring!
The days are getting longer, and the birds are chirping louder - Springtime is finally here! Soon enough, we can open up our windows again and let the fresh breeze circulate through our bungalows after being closed up all winter long. But first, be sure your screens are in tact by using this handy dandy screen repair guide from The Beverly Review. 
Photo Credit: Donald Gruener

For additional help with your screens, please contact your local hardware store.

Beautifying the Brackets, What's it Worth?

In addition to the many requests we have been receiving on where to purchase stone planter replicas, HCBA has noticed a number of empty planter brackets like those pictured above. As we research some options for you, please let us know:

Home Energy Jumpstart Program
Get free energy-saving products for your home - plus a $250 bonus rebate

The Home Energy Jumpstart Program is offered in partnership by Peoples Gas and ComEd. Customers can qualify for FREE installations of energy-saving products including:

  • Programmable thermostats
  • Showerheads
  • Faucet aerators
  • Pipe insulation
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)

Participants in the Home Energy Jumpstart Program can also receive a $250 bonus rebate in addition to standard rebates on qualifying furnaces, boilers and water heaters through the Peoples Gas Home Energy Rebate Program. Simply call 877-334-2680 to see if you qualify. Please have your Peoples Gas and ComEd account numbers handy. Visit for more information and to find out about rebates available for energy-efficient products.



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Spring 2014

Thank you for your interest in the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association (HCBA). Please enjoy our Spring 2014 E-Newsletter. 
A Bungalow Addition Built Wisely

With the economy slowly waking up and the weather getting warmer, some of you may be thinking about adding additional space to your Chicago bungalow. In an effort to simplify what can be an overwhelming process - both financially and logistically - HCBA received advice from Architect Robert DeRose at Build Wisely Architects about some of the steps involved in how to realistically achieve your dream addition; respectfully scaled and crafted to your home that fulfills your needs for additional space without unnecessary work or expense.  


Click for an Overview of the Construction Process

The M.R. Addition by Build Wisely Architects 
The owner's stated goal for this project, completed by Build Wisely Architects in Belmont Cragin, was to create a second story addition to an existing Chicago Bungalow that minimized the change from the street (per HCBA's Design Guidelines ) but gave them a full, high-ceilinged second story addition to replace the minimally occupied, unfinished attic that existed when they first bought the house. View the full Vision Board of the project here, as well as the floor plan and additional photos below.
Second Floor Plan - Click to Enlarge

Photo Credit: Warren Perlstein
Photo Credit: Warren Perlstein
The Journey of the Bungalow: From India to Chicago

The Indian Bungalow: Contextualizing the Bungalow in the country of its origin 

By Surabhi Kanga, HCBA Intern, SAIC Co-Op Program


The origin story of the Bungalow is an odd, two-sided narrative. Historians confirm that the word 'bungalow' came from the word 'bangla', meaning 'of or from Bengal', as in the western province of the Indian subcontinent. The original 'bungalows' were huts, with mud walls and thatched roofs, built by and for peasants in rural areas. These structures remained largely unchanged until the arrival of the British Raj on Indian shores.


For the British, the idea of a single, outward-facing dwelling that was separated and private seemed much more like their idea of residence than the courtyard-centric houses that were the norm in towns and villages. Most Indian housing was very communal; neighbors and families shared huge courtyards and walked in and out of each others' rooms and lives. They adopted the idea of the bungalow as a structure that they could reinvent to suit themselves.


Click here to read the full article


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Window Repair Recognition

With the home maintenance season approaching, what better time than now to consider a window repair project! The 2013 Driehaus Bungalow Rehab Award's committee saw an unprecedented number of window related submissions and with so many great projects and so few opportunities to recognize this work, we have decided to create a new, Window Repair category for the 2014 awards. We're calling all faithful bungalow owners to start thinking about repairing, restoring and upgrading those historic wood windows!


Need some inspiration? Here are two outstanding submissions from last year that would be great candidates for the 2014 Driehaus Award for Window Repair:

  • When the Koegles purchased their home, the original span of windows across the front fa�ade had been replaced with a large picture window, flanked by two historically inappropriate double-hung windows. Over time, the seals on the double hung began to leak and cause water damage surrounding the opening. To remediate this problem, the Koegles replaced the damaged windows with four bungalow- era appropriate 3-over-1 style, double-hung windows.  The result is a cohesive and striking upgrade that not only looks great but also helps solve a critical water leak issue. 

  • After purchasing their home, the Gents decided that the modern aluminum storms and beige painted trim dulled the exterior of their home and needed to go. They opted for custom made wood storms to protect their angel gilded, stained glass windows and hired Thor Construction to strip and repaint the exterior frames and trim in a vibrant rust red and dusty blue. The bi-color frames now pop against the pale yellow brick, while simultaneously protecting the irreplaceable 100 year old windows. 



Have you been considering working on your wood windows this year? If so, be sure to take before shots and consider submitting to the 2014 Driehaus Bungalow Rehab Awards for a chance to win $1,000 and a copper bungalow plaque! Also, for advice and resources on repairing your wood windows, check out our Window Campaign page for how to identify problems and tips on how to fix common issues. 

To stay up-to-date on HCBA news and offerings, please visit Enjoy the beauty of Spring, and as always, thanks for reading!

Warm Regards,

Mary Ellen Guest
Executive Director

HCBA is giving away FREE 2014 Calendars to our E-Newsletter readers! 
Stop by our downtown office to pick one up:
53 W Jackson Blvd, Ste 1125
Chicago, IL 60604
(limit 1 per household, while supplies last)


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