|The No. J-6 (then House Design No. 6) in the 1909 Book of Plans from the Chicago House Wrecking Company. "This is our own design--Economical and modern." I wonder who they hired as the architect.|
Interestingly, I have seen only one of these in the Chicago area. You would think that Harris Brothers, based on 35th Street in Chicago, would have sold a large number of J-6's in the city and suburbs. Perhaps they did but most were torn down over the next 100 years... who knows?
|Ad from the Chicago Tribune in 1912. "Here is a house that has been built about 400 times. It is our Leader." Harris Brothers often referred to this model as the "Leader" in its advertising|
Harris sold this house in two floor plans. The No. J-16 was two feet longer and two feet wider than the No. J-6 but the room layouts were the same.
But housing styles change, and despite the fact that hundreds of J-6's were built, Harris Brothers stopped selling the house by 1920.
|410 Prospect, Glen Ellyn.|
|The Harris Brothers No. J-6.|
This is the only No. J-6 I've ever seen in person. I shouted "There it is!" when I was walking down the street in Glen Ellyn, attracting the attention of passersby. It's an easy house to spot with that unusual turret.
I don't know when the house was built, but it was in the 1920 census occupied by renters. The 1910 census showed houses on Prospect Avenue, but no house numbers.
|1915 Latham, Rockford. Photo courtesy of Steve Solonickne.|
When my mother saw this J-6 in Rockford she said, "It's not the most attractive house." Others agree with her. I personally think that turret is kinda cool.
This is a very early Harris home, built in 1908. The original owner was George August Oberg, who worked for the F.C. Knitting Company. By 1912 he had moved out.
|George August Oberg.|