Some walk around photos of the Carpenter-Builder vernacular of the late 19th Century in Chicago's Forest Glen neighborhood. My own home (below) was built at the end of this period and although a circa 2000 gut rehab, it is architecturally similar to the example above. Both original frame homes had adjacent horse stables on their grounds and once provided into-town transport for a Chicago-to-Milwaukee train depot stop. The tracks, still in use today, are currently shared by Metra, Amtrak, and various freight train roll bys. In other words, the presence of trains is pretty much a part of the background noise around here. Personally, I love it (but my wife still requires the aid of ear plugs, an eye mask, and the occasional diphenhydramine nightcap).
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