Chicago Foundation for Women hosts three annual house parties to give new and current CFW supporters an intimate look into our work. Event attendees interact with CFW staff and grantees to learn about what the Foundation does, why our grantmaking is distinctive, and why we need additional support.
Tour: 6 pm
About the Home:
Oak Park businessman Gustavus Babson turned to architects Thomas Tallmadge and Vernon Watson to build his second home in Oak Park beginning in 1912. The rectilinear prairie-style home of brick and stucco was one of the first on the block. In the late 1920’s the family had the architects complete a renovation that added space and reconfigured the sleeping areas in the home. The three story home boasts large windows, elegant high ceilings and quarter-sawn oak throughout. The home fell on hard times and it was scheduled for demolition in the late 1960’s before being rescued by a couple who saved the home. The current owners have called this home for the past 25 years and continue their love for its worldly charm, prairie school design and its 100+ year old quirks. Enjoy your visit!