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Tile for the times PAGE 19
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Contents
Hidden retreat
Porch or extended living room?................. 5
Tile for the times
Styles and techniques from the past ...........19
Fine furnishings
Beautiful botanics .............................11
Re-purpose, reclaim, redecorate..........12
Colorful home .....................................14
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By LACEY SIKORA
Contributing Reporter
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places. Located on Quick Avenue,
the home was designed by famous archi-
tects Tallmadge and Watson in 1906 for
Lewis Lozier, charter member of the River
Forest Tennis Club. The current owner’s
thoughtful updates converted a home that
was cutting edge at the turn of the last
century into one that is amenable to how
modern homeowners live.
The home’s exterior bears the mark of
the Prairie School style in its horizontal
lines. Lap-siding, rough cedar board sid-
ing and batten define the exterior. The
original, deep front porch was designed
to offer protected access to the outdoors,
both in warmer months when it is used as
a sitting area and in colder months when
the living room’s art glass doors out to the
porch allow views of the yard.
River Forest home
features plenty of
Prairie School details,
including a loggia
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Realtor Marcee Gavula, who is listing the
home for $715,000 for Baird and Warner, notes
that Tallmadge and Watson were particularly
careful in their use of outdoor vistas and motifs
in this specific home.
“The Prairie School was very interested in the
interplay between outside and inside. You can
bring the outdoors inside in three different places
throughout the house: an upstairs balcony, the
back porch and the front porch,” she says. “How
cool is it to open up the art glass doors to the loggia
and let the outdoors in? This porch’s high walls al-
low the homeowners to be outside without being
in full view of the street. It’s a hidden retreat.”
The rear of the home was carefully redesigned
to offer more outdoor living space, without com-
promising its architectural integrity. The cur-
rent owner added a back porch designed to exact
specifications of the original front porch, making
for a seamless addition that boosts the home’s out-
door entertainment area.
With the addition of the porch, the backyard
now includes four outdoor zones. The yard boasts
a koi pond surrounded by a garden, a pergola seat-
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Throughout the life of the
home, the majority of the origi-
nal architectural features were
left untouched. Twenty-nine
original art glass windows in
an abstract tree motif fill the
rooms with natu-
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wood floors remain
throughout as does
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and built-ins in the
butler’s pantry and
on the landing up-
stairs.
In the living room
the original brick
fireplace is sur-
rounded by built-
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glass windows. The
dining room also
features two origi-
nal built-ins and
retains the art glass doors that
once led to a rear porch, now
converted to a family room off
the kitchen.
The Lozier House’s kitchen
has been completely updated
with a six-burner Bertazza
stove, new custom cabinetry
and a decorative tile backsplash.
The current owner also over-
hauled the basement, creating
plenty of extra space for living
and entertaining. A second full
kitchen with a large walk-in
pantry and preparation space
makes this an ideal caterer’s
kitchen. Cork flooring and cus-
tom wood moldings throughout
make the family room with its
gas fireplace feel like an above-
ground space. A full bathroom
also exists on this floor.
On the second floor, the mas-
ter bedroom fea-
tures two closets,
and a valuable mod-
ern addition: a full
master bathroom.
Another bedroom
has its own outdoor
balcony, and shares
a hall bathroom
with two additional
bedrooms.
Gavula insists
this is a house
that is perfect for a
homeowner with an
appreciation for the
past as well as the
future.
“The Prairie details of this
home are just spectacular,” she
says. “The home’s 200-foot deep
lot provides an abundance of
outdoor space for a family. Plus,
you can truly have a green life-
style here. Not only are you do-
ing so by preserving an older
home, but you can walk to ev-
erything from this house. You
can be on the Green Line or Me-
tra in minutes, and Whole Foods
and Trader Joe’s are just steps
away. This is truly a fabulous
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Antique Tiffany Style Lamp,
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Re-purpose, reclaim, re-decorate
Local Oak Park Artist Bryan Northup takes old, vintage, or
recyclable glass and re-fres to make beautiful bowls and art pieces.
Green Home Experts & Bright Olive Art Lab, Oak Park, prices vary
Napa Valley retired grapevines get a second life as
these votives. The vines are stripped, kiln dried,
sanded and sealed all by hand.
Pretty Little Things, Forest Park, $18
Grass and Abaca box made in the Phillipines with
dyed grasses.
Ten Thousand Villages, Oak Park, $12
Calabash Birdhouse made from a hollowed
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Vintage window art is repurposed to fnd a beautiful space on your wall, Chicago Rug Gallery Inc & Oak Park Antiques, $550
Recycled Newspaper Bird,
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colorful home
Bring the color down from the ceiling.
Geometric paper mobile,
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Local Oak Park artist Anthony
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bright art pieces, $300
Keep color in your kitchen.
Vegetable wall plaques,
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$75 (pepper) and $80 (artichoke)
HOMEBOOK // Spring 2012 15
colorful home
Colorful coasters,
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$30
Color blocking? Keep colors specifc.
Drink coffee from your Orange 021C cup
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Remind yourself about bright summer
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Drawing on the techniques
used over a century ago, Heritage Tile
is bringing tile styles and techniques
from the past into today’s home renova-
tions and restorations.
“[We] really try to shed light on what
was distinctive about tile of an earlier
era,” says Keith Bieneman, general
manager of Heritage Tile. “There was
a difference in how tile was made and
used then. Our products really take you
back in time. They really create a sense
of place and authenticity.”
Heritage opened its doors in Novem-
ber, bringing together three distinct
historical lines of tile. Subway Ceram-
ics, which are manufactured in
California, offer reproductions of pre-
war subway style tiles. The Heritage
line showcases other pre-war styles of
utilitarian kitchen and bathroom tiles,
including mosaic patterns, and is man-
ufactured in Wisconsin. Manufactured
in Cincinnati, Rookwood tile is a turn
of the previous century company that
has been reincarnated to manufac-
ture art tiles, often used in fire-
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Catering to historical renovations and restorations
Tile that fits
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improving the selling and marketing of our home. We followed through
on those suggestions. As everyone is surely aware, this is a diffcult
market right now. From the point of listing (March) to closing (August)
we easily had over 100 individuals come through the property. We
received regular e-mail comments from Patti regarding feedback
and input. Patti brought us three offers and at the end we had two
competing offers that allowed us to actually increase the selling price
by several thousand dollars as the potential buyers increased their
offer. WOW! This is a buyer’s market, but we believe because of
Patti’s aggressive marketing and management of our interests,
she assisted us considerably.
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Ten years ago my mother downsized and bought a townhome in
River Forest. Patti handled both aspects with integrity, effciency and
friendliness. This year my mother passed away and I contacted Patti
to handle the sale. She provided an excellent analysis, suggested
a selling price and provided tips on preparing the townhome for a
good showing. We were leaving for an extended vacation a few days
after the initial listing. Patti suggested we sign a power of attorney
naming our daughter as our agent “just in case”. Given the market,
we thought this was probably an extra detail, but we respected
Patti’s advice. Much to my joy, six days into my vacation, I received
an email that a bid had been offered. By the time we returned from
our vacation the closing was only a few weeks in the future. Patti did
a very good job and I highly
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We really loved working with Patti to fnd our home. After our
frst meeting, she had a great feel for what we were looking for
and directed us to listings that she knew we’d love. Her deep
knowledge of the area really paid off for us. When we found the
one we liked, Patti was a tremendous negotiator and advocate
for us, helping us to quickly reach an agreement with the sellers,
and working with us on resolving several tricky post-inspections
problems. We plan to live in this house forever, but if we do buy
or sell for some reason in the future, there’s no doubt we’ll call
Patti right away.
- Sharon Barry & John Scholvin
Patti was extremely easy and fun to work with. As frst time home
buyers, we knew very little about what to expect. Patti made the
process very transparent, and really gave us an education about
each house we saw. We learned so much from working with her.
She is an outstanding Realtor who is genuinely concerned about
helping her clients make a good, informed choice. We would
defnitely work with her again and recommend her highly to
others.
- Melissa Schnyder & Derekh Cornwell
Being a frst time home buyer, I was very apprehensive about the
whole process, but working with Patti made things very easy. Patti
is very knowledgeable about the Oak Park/River Forest real estate
market and only wants the best for her clients. I appreciated her
honesty and willingness to fnd the best property for me. I would
highly recommend Patti Sprafka Wagner to anyone!
- Jennifer Koetsier
HOMEBOOK // Spring 2012 19
In bringing the three lines
together under one umbrella,
Bieneman says the company
had a two-pronged mission.
“First we wanted to repro-
duce all the elements that were
available to pre-war craftsmen
when a lot of historical homes
were originally built,” he says.
“Secondly, we wanted to edu-
cate architects, designers and
homeowners on the historic
tile’s value and why these tech-
niques are worth preserving.
It really adds value to a home
to preserve the style that was
there originally.”
Bieneman notes that the
tiling process prior to World
War II was quite different
from the modern products
produced today.
“For about a 40-year pe-
riod, tile work was very simi-
lar and didn’t really begin to
change until the Depression
and World War II. Pre-war
tiling was very utilitarian in
the sense that it was very pre-
cise, very sanitary and easy
to maintain,” explains Biene-
man. “All of the tiles and ac-
cessories were integrated into
a design. From towel bars to
soap dishes to more intricate
tiles to make a joint or a curve,
every need was anticipated
with a matching piece of tile.”
While today’s tiles might be
made to function with miters
and cuts, earlier work had in-
dividual tiles to meet the needs
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KIDS HELPING KIDS 911 CHARITY LEMONAID
STAND Seventh year of lemonade, popcorn and baked
goods for charity. This year’s event will benefi t Oak Park-
River Forest Food Pantry’s Holiday Food & Gift Basket
Program. 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at front yard
of house at 731 Bonnie Brae, River Forest. Patty Henek,
366-1360, phenek@yahoo.com.
OPRF GIRLS’ XCOUNTRY FOOD DRIVE All week,
until Friday, Sept. 12, the OPRF Girls’ X-Country team will
be running around Oak Park and River Forest delivering
fl yers encouraging residents to donate non-perishable
goods for the Oak Park Food Pantry. So look for those fl y-
ers on your doorsteps because after school, the girls will
be running back to the houses who have left food and
pick it up and then deliver it to the Food Pantry. All you
have to do is put it on your porch. The girls will do the
rest! This lasts only one week, so keep your eyes open
for these good will runners! Through Friday, Sept. 12.
Oak Park and River Forest. Questions? Contact Katherine
Foran, OPRF Communications/Community Relations at
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Polk Project featuring Pamela Rose, $8. Friday, Sept.
12, at 9 p.m.-Bruce Robison, Guy Forsyth and Luke
Sayers, $15. Saturday, Sept. 13, time tbd-Bill Kirchen,
cost tbd. Sunday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m.-Bill O’Connell’s
Chicago Skyliners Big Band, $10, 17 and under $5.
Tuesday, Sept. 16-Open Mike in the SideBar, 8 p.m.
signup, 9p.m. showtime. 21+, free. Wednesday, Sept.
17, at 7:30 p.m.-Rob Parton’s JazzTech Big Band,
$10, 17 and under $5. FitzGerald’s Nightclub, 6615
Roosevelt Road, Berwyn. 788-2118. www.fi tzgeralds
nightclub.com.
SCOOPS OF LIVE PIANO MUSIC A local artist plays
from 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday at Brown Cow Ice Cream
Parlor. No cover, just enjoy the cool treats. Coconut
Brownie Fudge is this month’s fl avor. 7347 Madison, For-
est Park. 366-7970. www.browncowicecream.com.
FOR THEATER LOVERS
VILLAGE PLAYERS’ LOVE IN THE MIDDLE AGES
Dating for boomers. New musical from Scott Urban
and Robert Solone. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3
p.m. Sunday through Sunday, Sept. 21. $25; $20 for
65 and older and 18 and younger. Village Players’
Performing Arts Center, 1010 W. Madison, Oak Park.
866-764-1010. www.village-players.org.
CIRCLE THEATRE’S ESCANABA IN LOVE The
Escanaba prequel, Escanaba in Love, written by Jeff
Daniels, opens Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m. It will
run from Sept. 12 through Oct. 26. 8 p.m. Fridays,
Saturdays. 3 p.m. Sundays. 8 p.m. Thursdays Oct. 2, 9,
16 and 23. Thursday shows, $20; all other shows, $26.
Discounts, group rates available. 7300 Madison, Forest
Park. 771-0700. www.circle-theatre.org.
102 PERFORMED AT DOMINICAN The university’s
Performing Arts Center presents a Reader’s Theatre
production of 102. This play portrays the stories of six
women trapped in a World Trade Center restroom on
September 11, 2001. See 102 on Thursday, Sept. 11
at 7 p.m. in the Eloise Martin Recital Hall. Free, but
reservations are recommended. Call 488-5000 or visit
www.dom.edu/pac. Dominican University, 7900 W.
Division, River Forest.
TOURS, EXHIBITS
JANICE ELKINS’ URBAN LANDSCAPES: 22 YEARS
This month’s featured artist at the Oak Park library is
Oak Park painter Janice Elkins, who works in acrylics,
oils and encaustic wax. Elkins’ work will be on display
from Tuesday, Sept. 2, through Tuesday, Sept. 30, in
the second-fl oor gallery of the library’s main branch.
Meet the artist at a reception Thursday, Sept. 11, from
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake.
383-8200, www.oppl.org.
“PUBLIC SPACES, PRIVATE MOMENTS” The ex-
hibit of works about urban space by Bill Guy and Ulrike
Muller opens with a lecture by Guy on Wednesday,
Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. Reception to follow. Through Sat-
urday, Oct. 18. Free. Call Jessica Cochran at 524-6597
for details. www.dom.edu Dominican University’s
O’Connor Art Gallery, 7900 W. Division, River Forest.
JULIETTE HERWITT’S PAINTINGS AT HOUSE
RED 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. Check out artist
Juliette Herwitt’s work while sipping wine at her
opening reception. Herwitt’s paintings show a
perception of urban environments at night time,
while trying to capture the chaos of the city. Copies of
Nightscapes, her recently released book of paintings,
will be available. Her exhibit runs through Tuesday,
Sept. 30 with the following times and days: 12 to 7
p.m. Tuesdays. 12 to 8 p.m. Wednedays & Thursdays.
12 to 9 p.m. Fridays. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays. 12
to 5 p.m. Sundays. House Red, 7403 Madison, Forest
Park. 771-7733.
ART TOURS AT THE LIBRARY Main branch of the
Oak Park library off ers tours of its contemporary art and
the fi rst and third Saturday of the month start at 10 a.m.
and at 1 p.m. The tours are free, but call 383-8200 to
reserve a time. 834 Lake, Oak Park www.oppl.org.
TO THE DOGS A mixed media exhibit that acknowl-
edges the dog days of summer with works about our
canine friends. Through Sunday, Sept. 14, at Art Gecko, 19
Harrison, Oak Park. 358-1950. www.artgeckoltd.com.
HAVE TEA AT HISTORIC PLEASANT HOME On
Thursdays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., personal chef Susan
Hynes is introducing the newest addition to the Pleas-
ant Home tour: tea and light refreshments that she
prepares. $25. Registration is required at least a week
in advance. 217 S. Home Ave., Oak Park. 383-2654.
www.oakparkparks.com.
VISIT OAK PARK’S GARDEN OF EDEN Check out
the ongoing fl ower show of snapdragons, sweet pea
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Wednesday Journal welcomes notices about events that Oak Park and River
Forest community groups and businesses are planning. We’ll work to get the
word out if you let us know what’s happening by noon Wednesday a week
before your news needs to be in our paper. Send details to Wednesday Jour-
nal, 141 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park 60302 or e-mail kmuriello@wjinc.com.
CALENDAR
If you have a child who likes to sing, make sure you get
him or her to auditions this afternoon (Wednesday, Sept.
10) for the Oak Park and River Forest Children’s Cho-
rus. No material needs to be prepared, and scholarships are
available for this easygoing yet high-achieving group. Check
out performances at www.oprfcc.com/youtube.htm.
Local musicians and educators have worked through
this group for almost 20 years to make young people com-
fortable with music ranging from “Marriage of Figaro”
to “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Chorus members range
from kindergarten to high school and come from Oak
Park, River Forest, Forest Park, Berwyn, Maywood, Chica-
go, Melrose Park and Cicero. The group’s four ensembles
rehearse in Oak Park but perform throughout the region,
including with the Joffrey Ballet during the holidays.
The auditions will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the audito-
rium of Julian Middle School, 416 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park.
For details, call 383-1971 or e-mail oprfcc@sbcglobal.net. Today’s after-school stop
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of a job. Heritage Tile main-
tains reproductions of period
tile catalogues, showing the
wide range of products once
used in homes and businesses.
Heritage Tile’s products
have been available for years
to architects, designers and
knowledgeable homeown-
ers, but by opening their first
storefront in Oak Park, the
company hopes to expand its
reach. Bieneman says that
Oak Park, with its stock of
historical and architecturally
significant homes, was
a natural fit for the
store.
“In most homes of a
certain era, kitchens
and bathrooms have
been updated since
they were first built
and little of the original
tile remains. We offer the
expertise to replicate the
appropriate kind of tile
for a home or building. For
instance, in Frank Lloyd
Wright’s Harry Goodrich
home, we have assisted in an
ongoing restoration.”
Heritage used Subway Ce-
ramic’s brand of authentic
subway tile as well as un-
glazed porcelain floor mosa-
ics in a bathroom renovation
of the Goodrich home, which
was built in 1896. The com-
pany restored the simplicity
of the home’s original period,
using an Avalon restoration
glaze to achieve the look of
a vintage patina and radius
trim elements to replicate the
cleanly finished corners that
were typical in early 20th cen-
tury tile work.
Heritage has also worked on
large scale commercial proj-
ects. The company has played
an integral role in restoring the
original Rookwood Tile in Chi-
cago’s Monroe building. Built
in 1912, the Romanesque style
structure includes tiled floors,
walls and vaulted ceilings.
Farther from home but with
an Oak Park connection, Sub-
way Ceramics was the exclu-
sive tile supplier in the
restoration project at
the Historic Park Inn Hotel in
Mason City, Iowa, a landmark
Frank Lloyd Wright restora-
tion project. Subway Ceramics
provided all of the historically
correct subway tiles walls and
hex mosaic flooring in the
bathrooms as well as repro-
duced the original lobby floor
pattern.
Bieneman notes that while
Heritage is prepared to handle
the most historically signifi-
cant of projects, the company
has many tile lines.
“We offer lines other
than the Subway Ceramics,
Heritage Tile and Rookwood
lines. We really want to offer
the Oak Park community a full
service tile store. We can serve
all budgets.”
“we offer the expertise to replicate the appropriate
kind of tile for a home or building.”
KEITH BIENEMaN
General Manager, Heritage Tile
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as well as we do.
That’s why so many residents and businesses—including
many parks—call on Davis for tree service.
Healthy, beautiful trees not only enhance the look of
your property, but its value as well. All the more reason
to provide them with proper care.
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