Several years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting this home in Evanston and meeting the owners. One of their remarks sticks with me. The wanted to have a sign on their home stating that "on this date in history nothing happened here". They had been told by an architecture historian that their home had no historical value. It was plain-looking, wasn't designed by a well-known architect and no one famous lived there.
William Bartlett. Fyffe commissioned Silsbee at the end of 1892 and the home was completed in 1893.
Clad in thin clapboard, the Fyffe home is unlike many of his other homes of this nature in that it is relatively modest in size and symmetrically arranged. It is carefully detailed with classical elements including pilasters in the central dormer, columns that support the front porch and a belt-course composed of dentils and bead molding. Built during the World's Columbian Exposition, it is a good but rare example of Silsbee's work in this style and period.
Take a closer look at a non-historic house today. You might be surprised with what you see.