304 SOUTH STREET
304 South Street was built by D. L. McLaine for Judge Clinton F. Irwin and his wife, Julia Egan in 1909. Irwin built the building as an investment property. Irwin’s parents emigrated from Ireland, however, he was born in Illinois around 1854. Clinton and Julia resided at 311 Vincent Place along with their son, Clinton F. Irwin, Jr. and three daughters, Mildred, Esther and Betsy. Clinton Jr. was a Captain – Infantry Regiment in World War I. Clinton Sr. passed away in 1923 and Julia in 1946.
304 South Street is a contributing structure in the Near West Neighborhood and in excellent condition. This home is built in the American Foursquare typology and is one of the most common building shapes built after the turn-of-the-century. This type of home suggest a simple and comfortable way of living rejecting the highly ornate Queen Anne style construction that could be still found built at the time.
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