Chicago Landmarks

Hitchcock House

Front Facade, 1997, photo by Bob Thall     Address: 5704 W. Ohio St.
Year Built: 1871
Architect: Unknown
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: July 7, 1992

Porch and Cornice Detail, 1997, photo by Bob Thall When this house was built, Austin was an independent suburb, accessed from Chicago by commuter railroad. One of the oldest houses in the community, it was built for Charles Hitchcock, an executive of a railroad parts manufacturing company. Its tall windows, low hipped roof, and expansive porch reflect the then-popular Italianate style, which was inspired by the architecture of Italian country villas.