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Some nice terra cotta.....the blue was incredible; the pic's don't do it justice.

The drawings were in a back room of the bsmt. behind a bunch of stored items; they were "hand done". Anyone know the significance?

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Originally posted by Les

Kurt,

Polish?

Scuppers are unique though.

Near west side?

How did you "do" the roof?

It's in the far NW corner of Lincoln Park; by Diversey a little W of Halsted on Oakdale. A strip of a dozen houses on both sides of the street; locals call it Terra Cotta Row. Some real beauties.

You noticed the scuppers; they are sweet. They are led into by a custom copper drip edge; the bay is capped w/a nice standing seam copper roof, the only intelligent thing ever done by the current owner. Having that roof over that tile has kept the wall ties intact; it was all tight. All original lime mortar. Sweet.

I know enough about glazing to say those colors probably go back at least a few centuries to someplace in Italy, but I'm guessing it was produced right here in Chicago @ the Ludowici-Celadon works on the South side. For a brief moment in time, Chicago had the Italian terra cotta thing going on, w/the roofing & the architectural detailing.

You get on the roof through a hatch off the rear egress porch. I've got more pic's, but not on this computer; the tile details are way more extensive than these few pic's show.

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