My Move to Coldwell Banker and Benjamin Marshall Lives On!

Before plunging ahead I would like to announce that my Melinda Jakovich Team has moved from Berkshire Hathaway Home Services back to Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage!  I enjoyed my time at Berkshire Hathaway and was their #1 Broker for bringing in new listings in 2016 and earned a Top 1% Ranking from the Chicago Association of Realtors.  I am pleased to be back at Coldwell Banker and the great branding and services they can provide to my clients!

Here’s an example of a worldwide service called Mansion Global, where my Listing for a beautiful Gilded Age Gold Coast mansion at 1440 North Dearborn Parkway is receiving worldwide exposure with automatic foreign language translation to High End buyers around the World.

The legacy of the great Benjamin Marshall carries on!  The Benjamin Marshall Society - Benjamin Marshall Webpage recently held a special Birthday Toast event honoring Prince Charles at the 999 E. Lake Shore Drive building, one of Marshall’s famous contributions to Chicago architecture.  The event was a pre-party to the Society’s White Tie Gala on May 5, 2018 at the Blackstone Hotel.  It is appropriate to have the Gala at the Blackstone, it was designed by Benjamin Marshall and the interior was redesigned by my partner Lucien Lagrange.

Besides honoring the recent birthday of Prince Charles, the event, held at the London House Hotel, also honored John Rutledge, CEO of Oxford Capital Group.  His firm recently converted the historic 1923 structure called the Stone Container Building into the London House Hotel, now one of Chicago’s most sophisticated hotels.  The rehab and re-imagining included building a fantastic three-level outdoor bar and dining area on the top floors, depicted above.  Just look at the amazing view to the West, a picture-perfect view of the Chicago River.

The London House is next to the Michigan Avenue Bridge over the river, which is where Fort Dearborn was built in 1803, named after Henry Dearborn, President Thomas Jefferson’s Secretary of War.  This was over thirty years before the founding of the City of Chicago itself!  Fort Dearborn wasn't quite as commanding as the London House but it had the exact same view of the Chicago River as shown above.

The founder and current President of the Benjamin Marshall Society, Jane Lepauw, who deserves tremendous credit for bring proper recognition to Marshall’s work, also organized a very interesting event called “Mansions in the Sky” that will be held Tuesday, November 21, at the Chicago Cultural Center.  It is part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial that has attracted worldwide attention to our City, with the best Architecture in America.  A link is here - Mansions in the Sky

The event will celebrate the grand advances in Chicago architecture that happened between World War I and World War II, many examples of which are show in the photo above.  This view of East Lake Shore Drive has a number of Benjamin Marshall buildings that were built during this exciting time in Chicago architecture.  My partner Lucien Lagrange is a past honorary Chairman of the Benjamin Marshall Society and will be one of the Panelists discussing the beautiful buildings of the period as part of the program at the Cultural Center tomorrow, Tuesday November 21.

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