June 15, 2015

The Resort on a Bluff

The Lake View Hotel
original the home of Elisha Huntley
Hotel Lake View - photo 1860's?
Operated between July 4, 1854-1890ish
According the 1990 Chicago Daily News article the hotel was also referred to as the Lake View House.
photo - Art Institute of Chicago
several additions were constructed
Hotel Lake View - 1880's along Grace Street 
with additional buildings added to the hotel
This jpeg image from the publication called Lake View Saga (1847-1985) indicated the property was purchased for an
 investment as an instrument for further real estate sales
envelope cover stamped 1857 the year Lake View was incorporated as a township - Ebay
This 'Chicago escape' resort of sorts was erected in 1854 by real estate and surveyor James Rees and mega-landowner Elisha H. Hundley. Legendary library founder and visitor Walter Newberry coined the lodge as 'The Lake View'. James Rees began investing in the township lakefront in 1852 subdividing his 225 parcels of property to Chicagoans.
Visitor Walter Newberry who legendarily coined the old Huntley House Mr. Newberry stated that that this 'watering hole'  had a unencumbered view of the lake and the lodge should be called ‘The Lake View House’ due to its unique location near the lakefront. Apparently, the lakefront area was between Grace Street and the area just north of Irving Park Road along a cliff. According to legend the name of Lake View caught-on and the community of Lake View was coined and later in 1857 a township established. Both Mr. James Ree and Elisa Hundley used their hotel to attract visiting land speculators and wealthy Chicagoans who wished to escape the social and legal restraints of city life. The building was apparently demolished by early 1890’s.
 This is a 1869 map of the subdivision of Pine Grove and location of the namesake of the township that was owned by James Rees and Elisha Hundley. The Lake View House (tavern,resort,hotel) was located near the lakefront between Grace and Byron Avenues a 'stone throw' from the lakefront. 
Van Vechten Map via Library of Congress 1870
The article below indicates an investment in Lake View by surveyor James Rees and his friend Elisha Hundley in a subdivision called Pine Grove - today Lake View East
an 1887 Sanborn Fire Map that highlights the hotel just north of the Pine Grove subdivision of the township
image - Historic Map Works
1866 illustrated view
Chicago and Midwest Collection-Newberry Library
Apparently, this is a view looking south from roughly where Inner Lake Shore Drive and Grace intersect as of 1867 and probably drawn from the Lake View Hotel.
The Route to the Lake View Hotel
  Lake View Saga 1857-1974
About the Building: the legend
Lake View Saga 1857-1985, the second publication 
The neighborhood changed a little ...
Years earlier a roadway was constructed in front of the apparently now razed Huntley House-Lake View Hotel to be named Sheridan Road by 1898. It was initially designed for the extension of North-Lake Shore Drive but after General Sheridan death in mid-1890's the City of Chicago renamed this roadway in his honor for services rendered after the Chicago Fire of 1871. This roadway would later connect
Fort Sheridan to the City of Chicago by the first quarter of the 20th century. By the end of the century the old fort would become Town of Fort Sheridan.

1898 photo - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection 
A view of the Sheridan Road along the lakefront
The hotel was located at this location prior to 1890. This roadway along the lakefront was to be originally called North-Lake Shore Drive but was renamed Sheridan Road in the mid 1890's after a general who served the City of Chicago after the 1871 Chicago fire.  
Grace and Sheridan Road postcard 1910's
The old hotel would have been located just west and 
out-of-frame of this image ... 20 years earlier. This segment of this roadway was renamed Lake Shore Drive in 1931.

Post Note: 
In 2016 I have proposed to the Chicago Landmark Commission a historical area, a garden space 
(Sheridan Triangle Garden) that would officially mark the location (along Grace Street between Pine Grove & inner Lake Shore Drive) of the hotel that helped give Lake View its name first as a township/city and then later finally a neighborhood.

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