926 N. SPRING STREET
In 1912, Frederick Paulus took out a mortgage for $2,600. By the 1913-14 edition of the Elgin City Directory, he and his wife, Olga, are listed as living at 926 N. Spring Street. Frederick Paulus was a photo engraver for R. H. Donnelly in Chicago. The family moved out of 926 around the 1920s, then occupied by their son Frederick, Jr. and his wife. The home stayed in the Paulus family possession until 1960 when it was finally sold to new owners.
926 N. Spring Street is an American Foursquare, a sub-type of the Prairie style with its low pitched roof with wide, overhanging eaves, symmetrical façade, one-story porch, and emphasis on the horizontality of the structure.
Its simple box shape and large, centrally placed, hipped roof dormer are two other features highly typical of the style, as well as the stuccoed exterior.
Sources: 2002 Heritage Plaque Application; Audio: TextAloud