November 16, 2020

Perkins-Nordine House in Edgewater Proposed for Landmark Status


The Perkins-Nordine House in the Edgewater community would be preserved as an official Chicago landmark under a proposal submitted to City Council today.

Completed in 1903 for industrialist Herbert Farrington Perkins, the Arts and Crafts home at 6106 N. Kenmore Ave. features deep-red brick walls trimmed with gray limestone and painted and stained trims; a projecting open porch with red brick piers; and a complex roof composed of triangular gables, dormers, and a pair of tall brick chimneys.

Designed by the architectural firm of Pond and Pond, the three-story building is one of the last surviving mansions from the community’s nascent years as a suburbanstyle residential neighborhood.

The mansion was the residence and home office of voice-over and recording artist Ken Nordine from 1951 until his death in 2019. He used a studio in the home to record a series of spoken word albums highlighting a unique mix of poetry and jazz music called “Word Jazz,” including the Grammy-nominated “Stare with Your Ears.”



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