207 ELM STREET
Built in 1923 for Mrs. Carrie Kruse Sohn. Carrie was born in 1870 in Illinois with her parents emigrating from Germany. She married a Charles Sohn in 1889 and lived in the South Elgin Village for a time. They had two sons; Harry and Louie and two daugthers; Lillie, and Mabel. When Charles passed away in 1917 at the age of 54, Carrie moved to Elgin and lived in this home until her death in 1956.
207 Elm Street is an example of a Craftsman Style Bungalow. According to the Near West Side Neighborhood: A Summary and Inventory lists 207 Elm Street as contributing the historic significance of the neighborhood. Bungalows were especially popular in the early 1900s, allowing many working class families to be able to buy a new home. Features typical of the style seen here include the wide overhanging eaves, hipped roof with hipped dormers and 3-over-1 windows.
Sources: Fina A Grave; Audio: TextAloud