Frank Glapa Honored with Driehaus Bungalow Award
West Ridge artisan Frank Glapa has been honored by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation for the 2015 Best Small Project in the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association's annual celebration of of homeowners who maintain, preserve and adapt their unique Chicago bungalows.
Frank, assisted by his wife, Anastaia, restored the 90-year-old front metal “Marquee” overhang on their 1924 bungalow. The work involved shoring up the sagging marquee with new chains, building a new framework to replace the old wood framework, adding new sheet metal and soldering all parts, and stripping the old paint around the stained glass.
The result is a spectacularly beautiful marquee that harkens back to an elegant, tasteful age in West Ridge.
Besides being a Roycroft artisan of international renown, Frank and Ann are active members in the Indian Boundary Park Advisory Council. Following the fire at the cultural center in 2012, Frank restored the weather vane on top of the cultural center.
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation award is a juried competition with the panel of judges composed of preservationists, architects, neighborhood development professionals, community members. Awards are given annually in seven categories, including interior and exterior rehab or restoration, window repair and landscape design.
First place winners receive a cash award of $1,000 and a handcrafted bronze plaque, created by none other than Frank Glapa, who has been designing and creating the plaque for five years.
For more information about the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association, visit chicagobungalow.org.