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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Jun 01, 2011
Editors Choice

"Beautiful and historic homes"

Location / Historical Significance:

The Glendale Historic District is located just south of the Downtown / Harrison Park Historic District, just off of Hohman Avenue. As the city of Hammond grew larger it needed more room so it expanded southwards along Hohman Avenue. With this new development many of the city's wealthier residents began the move further south, away from the downtown central business district. This upscale residential development became one the the city's first planned subdivisions. Originally platted as the Glendale Addition, it was designed to be a self-contained community. It's expansive sized lots ringed an oval shaped drive, which is center pieced by a beautifully landscaped park. A gate house once stood as a sentry to the neighborhood's Hohman Avenue entrance. The Glendale Park Historic District contains a nice grouping of many of the most popular architectural styles of early twentieth century homes, while providing a look back to city's upper-class neighborhoods of the time period.

Architectural Styles:

The very first house to be built in the Glendale Addition was for W. C. Belman, Hammond's first School Superintendent. Completed in 1903, the home is a fine example of the Colonial Revival styling. By far the most popular home style in the subdivision was indeed the Colonial Revival. Well known architect Addison C. Berry built two versions of this styling - the A. Murray Turner House at 18 Glendale Parkway and the Olds-Mitchell House at 64 Glendale Parkway.

Several Craftsman style homes are also located in the district along with a American Four-Square/Prairie style home. All of these gracious homes front a lavishly landscaped parkway, complete with ornamental street lighting. A Hammond Historical marker circa 1902 is also located at the entrance to the district. The area has suffered very few contemporary architectural intrusions and still remains a very desirable residential neighborhood in the city. Below is a listing describing the homes original owners, architectural styling and date of initial construction.
Pros
  • Historic homes
  • Park-like setting
  • close to Chicago, expressways and train
Cons
  • borders Illinois
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Jun 01, 2011
Editors Choice

"Historic"

The Forest Southview Historic District is located directly south of the Forest Moraine Historical District and north of the Indi-Illi Park Historic District. Both of which are part of a larger grouping of six districts which hug the state line area of the city. One of a much larger collection of neighborhoods which came about during the early part of twentieth century in response to the city's expansive growth. The area's historical dwellings reflect many of the more popular architectural styles of the time period.

Much like the Glendale Park Addition, the Forest Southview area was platted out an a very exclusive neighborhood for the city's more wealthy residents. Expansive large sized lots front a wide two block long curving road, which runs the entire length of the subdivision. Although several homes do face Hohman and State Line Avenues. Lush mature landscaping and deep setbacks from the street and the large grand scale of many of the homes, surely gives the district a feeling of great wealth and affluence.


The Forest-Ivanhoe Historic District is located just south of the Roselawn-Forest Heights Historic District. This area of Hammond is comprised of six of the city's historical districts. These districts all border each other and stretch from 165th Street south all the way to just south of 173rd Street.

This relatively small residential neighborhood is one of a number that came about during the first few decades of the early twentieth century. Just as the city of Hammond began to prosper as a leading industrial and commercial center of the Calumet Region.

This area is host to many fine and elegant examples of period revival style architecture, with a large majority of them being built by one of the city's most renown architects.

Mr. L. Cosby Bernard Sr. a native of Kentucky designed many of the city's public buildings including the Hammond Civic Center, Hammond Technical-Vocational High School (now Area Career Center), Woodmar Country Club, Hansen, Rupp and Sawyer Library Branches of the Hammond Public Library.

Bernard also designed more than fifteen private residences. Many of which are located along Hohman and Forest Avenues, just south of 165th Street. The Peter F. Murphy Home at 47 - 173rd Place shows us Bernard's interpretation of the Colonial Revival style. The Edward C. Minas Sr. Home (of the department store fame) located at 7326 Forest Avenue was designed in Bernard's favorite style of architecture the Tudor Revival.

Several other fine examples of period revival styled architecture, the English Cottage and the Colonial Revival can also be found interspersed among the more elaborate, architect designed residences.
Pros
  • Low cost of living
  • Historic, beautiful homes, mature trees
  • close to chicago and all expressways
Cons
  • borders Illinois
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters