The 1992 breakup of Yugoslavia after the tragic civil war reported the outflow of skilled bricklayers. The Northwest Chicago has strong Eastern/Central European heritage. Thousands fleeing Yugoslavia settled in this area. These folks revived youth soccer; families, parents with young children will flock to parks and fields. Now well into the American life, the public high school boys soccer teams had to use diversity to keep some spots for non-émigré. The public school boys soccer now frequently challenges the elite private school soccer clubs, playoff are intense, and finals euphoric.volvolugnut wrote: ↑12 May 2022, 08:11 This gutter discussion reminds me that my parents house once had gutters built into the eves. The details are vague, but there were troughs built at the edge of the roof to catch rain. The troughs emptied into pipes inside the wall and then down and out at ground level. This was all removed and rot repaired in the 1960's. All of the 'ginger bread' trim was also removed at that time. This house was Victorian style built about 1910 by my great grandfather.
Like your great grandparents, these émigrés also build their homes with bricks and stones - and gutters that are built into the outer walls - clay roofs are not unusual. The overall look and feel of their homes are way different from those of Colonial, Cape Code, Bungalow, Tudor, and Victorian. Some have rolling exterior storm shutters over the windows, which I only saw in homes around Milan, Italy.