4.07.2011

handsome devil

a home in oak park, illinois.  very un-prairie.  c. 1907.
i suppose this house looks a bit foreboding here.  serious with its dark brick, black shutters, leafless trees, white sky.  but as usual, i'm taken with the good-looking proportions and strict architectural order, and so i forgive its stuffiness.

complete with picturesque swagged curtains in the downstairs windows.
this imposing facade will soften when the trees leaf out (will they ever?).  i do wish the owners would dig out the yew hedge and plant something robust and messy like hydrangeas.  i've found that many of the grand homes in oak park have very little beyond the most basic mow-and-blow landscaping, which baffles me because i assume most of these people could easily afford a real gardener even if they didn't deign to dirty their own hands.  plus, oak park is an international tourist destination because of it's concentration of frank lloyd wright homes, so come on, people!  don't you want to show off a little?  spruce up your yards!

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