This 1911 house was built on the West Side of Chicago by a Polish immigrant bricklayer named Frank Michela. I call this his folly because it’s a house abundant in personal touches and quirky design; I have yet to see a house just like it in a city where multiples are common. Also, Michela owned the house for only about 10 years. It has changed hands numerous times. The previous owner who lived here the longest was Kaspar Zegiel. We became part of the house’s life in 2000 after a long, depressing search in which I realized I could afford very little—or if I could afford it, it was very little. When I saw this house, I thought, “Whoa, it’s a real house.” Been loving it and working on it ever since.
Note to anyone who has found this blog while searching for information: If you see that I’ve touched on a topic of interest and you’d like more info, feel free to comment and ask for more. I’m happy to share any knowledge I might have.
And if you found this while looking for Roper stove info, I should let you know that I am simply a 1940s Roper owner. I’ve posted whatever I’ve found about old Ropers because I’ve been trying to get a handle on why there are so many of these stoves with endless variations in equipment. I’m not going to buy your stove. I will post pics of a stove you are selling, but mostly just because I want to document all the different details of these workhorse appliances. If you want to know how much your stove is worth, the answer is that it depends on what shape it’s in and what the market is in your location at the moment any person is looking at your stove. A fair range for a stove in good working order and very good shape is $50 to $500. I paid more for mine because I didn’t educate myself before falling in love with it. You’re not going to get more than a few hundred for an original condition Roper, and there’s really no need to refurbish these things because they were built to last and they have.