Alta Vista Terrace District

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Alta Vista Terrace Historic District
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Alta Vista Terrace District is located in Chicago
Alta Vista Terrace District
Alta Vista Terrace District is located in Illinois
Alta Vista Terrace District
Alta Vista Terrace District is located in the United States
Alta Vista Terrace District
LocationChicago, Illinois
Coordinates41°57′6.53″N 87°39′23.55″W / 41.9518139°N 87.6565417°W / 41.9518139; -87.6565417Coordinates: 41°57′6.53″N 87°39′23.55″W / 41.9518139°N 87.6565417°W / 41.9518139; -87.6565417
Architectural styleLate 19th And 20th Century Revivals
NRHP reference No.72000448 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMarch 16, 1972
Designated CLSeptember 15, 1971

The Alta Vista Terrace District is a historic district in the Lake View community of Chicago, Illinois. The district was built in 1904 in imitation of the rowhouse style of London.[2]

The development was the work of Samuel Gross, who was responsible for several other real estate developments in Chicago. He was inspired to build Alta Vista Terrace after a trip to Europe, in which he looked at the row houses of London. The street is one block long and contains 40 small, single-family rowhouses, each on a lot about 24 feet wide and 40 feet deep. There were 20 different exterior styles based on various adaptations of architectural styles. Some of the features included Doric and Ionic wood pilasters, Gothic arches, Palladian windows, stained and leaded-glass fanlights, bay and bow windows, and various decorative woodwork.[3]

Alta Vista Terrace is found at 1050 West on the Chicago street grid, running north from Grace Street (3800 North) to Byron Street (3900 North).

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Houses on the street were constructed to match with the house diagonally opposite on the street


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ "CAF Tours: Alta Vista Terrace". Chicago Architecture Foundation. 2007. Archived from the original on August 24, 2007. Retrieved June 26, 2007.
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form: Alta Vista Terrace" (PDF). 1972. Retrieved June 26, 2007.

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