One of the many perks of buying a new home at Lake Park Crescent in North Kenwood-Oakland is being able to live in an area steeped in Chicago history. The lakefront-adjacent community, bounded by 40th and 42nd streets and Oakenwald and Lake Park avenues, is neighbor not only to the variety of vintage homes lining the beautifully landscaped Drexel Boulevard, but to a number of designated Chicago landmarks as well, including:
- The Oakland District, centered around the 4100 block of South Berkeley Avenue. One of Chicago’s premier Victorian-style neighborhoods in the 1870s and 1880s, Oakland still features several vintage rowhomes and single-family homes in a variety of architectural styles, and more than 50 other historically significant buildings.
- The North Kenwood Multiple Resource District, centered around the 4500 block of South Berkeley Avenue. This district features masonry rowhomes dating back as far as the 1890s and 100 structures dating back to before the neighborhood’s annexation in 1889.
- The Kenwood District, bounded by 47th and 51st streets, Drexel Boulevard, and Blackstone Avenue. Kenwood was once home to titans like lumber merchant Martin Ryerson, meatpacker Gustavus Swift, and Sears Roebuck executive Julius Rosenwald. Within this landmark district are homes designed by George Maher, Benjamin Marshall, Howard Van Doren Shaw, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
- The Eliel House at 4122 S Ellis Ave. One of the few surviving residences designed by Adler & Sullivan, one of the most important architectural firms in Chicago history.
- The KAM Isaiah Israel Temple at 1100 E Hyde Park Blvd. Since 1924, this building has been the spiritual home to Chicago’s oldest Jewish congregation.