Posts tagged "History"

Pilsen's Bohemian builders, Mexican preservationists and sustainability issues

The Pilsen Historic District is bounded roughly on the east and west by Halsted St (800 W) and Western Ave (2400 W), on the south by Cermak Rd (2200 S) and on the north by the railroad embankment just north of 16th St. It’s a large area, and if you were to traverse all of... Read more »

Chicago remembers Bill Lavicka, master architectural preservationist

William “Bill” Lavicka impressed, charmed and captivated many people during his life, including many in the media, Don DeBat among them. Don became friends with Bill in 1974 when he wrote a neighborhood story on the Jackson Boulevard Historic District. They made wine together in Bill’s basement since 1983. Don sent along this remembrance of... Read more »

Video tour of a Patterson McCormick Mansion condo

The historic Patterson McCormick Mansion, built in 1893, was designed by Stanford White and expanded in 1927 by David Adler. Warm Roman brick and terra cotta trim contribute to the distinctive aura of this grand palazzo-style home, which was built as a wedding gift for the daughter of the Chicago Tribune’s Joseph Medill. The mansion,... Read more »

An 1860's farmhouse for sale in Lincoln Park

Dennis Rodkin recently visited a Victorian home on the 2000 block of Seminary, in Lincoln Park‘s DePaul neighborhood, and recounted some of its early and more recent history: Built in 1861 as the farmhouse for a truck farm that delivered its produce into Chicago, the house still has several of its original elements. The ornate... Read more »

Living in a landmark – the Wrigley Mansion

The Theurer-Wrigley House, better known as the Wrigley Mansion, at 2466 N Lakeview in Lincoln Park, is currently for sale for $9.5 million, though not listed in the MLS. The home is a Chicago landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Earlier today I had an opportunity to take a video... Read more »