House number one was a particularly nice example of the Queen Anne type, complete with an attractive “Painted Lady” exterior scheme. The interior had been tastefully remodeled with a new main staircase that suited the home and added nice light. Prior owners had done much to preserve the home, and the current owners had added an extensive collection of Victorian-era antique furniture and accessories, augmented with authentic reproduction wallpapers and moldings.
House number two was what I tend to call an “Italianate villa” style, with stucco exterior and red tile roof. This house was designed by the same man that had done the Uihlein mansion on Lake Drive we had toured a couple of years ago and shares some of the same gracious features, such as an enormous living room and lovely dining room, both of which open immediately off the front entrance. There was a grand central staircase, illuminated, as in the Uihlein house, with a large window inset with stained glass. The remainder of the house was similarly commodious, and the new owners had added an additional large three-season room attached to the garage that would be splendid for summer entertaining. The house also had a large yard with a sunken “garden” section. This was another house we would happily have moved right into--.