The architects who built most of the Villa’s houses between 1907 and 1928 were influenced by, and in some cases, worked with, Chicago’s legendary architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Dwight Perkins and Louis Sullivan. And, their work is seen throughout the city in the homes, schools, park field houses and churches that contribute to Chicago’s rich architectural heritage.
One Villa architect, John C. Christensen, was a designer of schools, including Sullivan High School, Murphy School and the auditorium of Lane Technical High School. Christensen designed two homes in the Villa, both with the open eves, intersecting rafters and extreme gable roof uplift common in California bungalows and Asian influenced architecture.
Few architects designed more than a handful of houses in the Villa, but one – Clarence Hatzfeld – designed at least 20, sometimes in partnership with another prairie style architect Arthur Knox, an associate of Dwight Perkins, architect of Carl Schurz High School. On almost every street in the Villa, and on many of its corners, there is a house designed by either Clarence Hatzfeld or Hatzfeld and Knox. Hatzfeld is known mostly for his stunning field houses including those at Indian Boundary Park, Athletic Field, Independence Park and Portage Park.