The current home of Little Hands Learning Center was probably built in the 1920s, before the Great Depression, when the style was popular.
From A Chicago Sojourn, my new favorite blog, Robert Powers writes:
Castellated architecture has its roots in the Gothic Revival and its Romantic views of the middle ages. In the eclectic 1920s, when a tidal wave of revival styles swept across America, a variety of castellated styles were used on large apartment buildings around Chicagoland. The implications of luxurious living – worthy of a monarch – would make a powerful advertising statement for the developers trying to fill their newly constructed buildings, as well as pleasing neighbors concerned about the aesthetics of a large new building in their neighborhood.
|Is there a bowman up in that tower?|
The castle craze was part of the period revival craze of the 1920s, when practically every style associated with pre-industrial society came into vogue.
Robert Venturi, who, in response to Mies van der Rohe's famous modernist dictum, "Less is more," said, "Less is a bore."