June 15, 2015

Historical Districts & Lost Notabes

within the Community of Lake View
 I will begin with ....
Hawthorne Place
14.4 feet of snow fell that day
In 1957, Chicago City Council 5th ward 
Alderman Leon Despres began the landmark preservation
 movement in Chicago that led to the formation of the 
City Landmarks Commission of 1968. This commission was instrumental in the salvation the late 19th century mansions that would later include the 1/2 block street 
called Hawthorne Place.  
568 Hawthorne - 1980's?
 By 1990 these former mansions were still 'cut-up' rental units or abandon buildings were saved from the wrecking ball by concerned citizens of the neighborhood. The houses along this street were in decay and mostly vacant. One house split in-half by the forces of decay and neglect; one half of a mansion sinking into the earth.  By the mid to late 90's these houses were restored to their pristine condition by architecture firms and independent contractors. Hawthorne Place was designated a Chicago Landmark in 1996.
The Historical District Map
The articles below tell two tales that could have been the beginning of the end for the mansions of the block.
The Street in 1887
Stratford Place did not exist in 1887 
and Roscoe was called Nevada
Many Buildings Survived, some didn't
The former Bartiett Residence - 1967 article
 The replacement to 541 residence
  The Herman H. Hettler House
These images below tell a tale about a Queen Anne style mansion originally owned by Herman H. Hettler who owned a lumber company along Elston Avenue at the turn of the 20th century. This house was held at public auction in 1984 after his death. As 2011, this house is owned by the Day School and now apparently vacant again with an unknown future.
The Man who Lived Here - May 1984 article
The O'Connell Brothers Residences
at 568 Hawthorne Place built in 1884
at 546 Hawthorne Place built in 1885
when Lake View was a township in Cook County
The McConnell's Sailboat
photo above - Tales of the Chicago Mackinac Race
The brothers, John and Ben, owned and sailed a schooner called the Hawthorne. They participated in the first race to Mackinac Island in 1898. They finished third out of 5 crafts that raced that year.below photos below - Chicago History Museum

The Buildings on Hawthorne Place 
2014 photos - Garry Albrecht 
530 W Hawthorne Place ... 
of 530 Hawthorne
 photos - Curbed Chicago

 with its enormous backyard
 With a cottage in back ...

601 Hawthorne Place 
was converted to condos by 2015
photo - Garry Albrecht 2015
photo - garry albrecht 2015
2016 photos - Garry Albrecht
A Blog Interview by Former Residents:
The Interviewee's
Marion Eisendrath Rosenbluth 
Jane Rosenbluth Baldwin
August 10, 2015 with me
Marion Eisendrath Rosenbluth home as of the age of four.
The Pre-Interview by Jane R. Baldwin
email August 7, 2015 
Marion Eisendrath Rosenbluth, b. 1928
Her family moved to 546 Hawthorne Place when she was two or three. Most of her pre-college education was at Francis W. Parker School.  She was married at 546 Hawthorne Place in 1950. They lived in Old Town, then bought 503 W. Barry Avenue in about 1956. She sold it in the late 70's and moved to the Gold Coast to this day.
Jane Rosenbluth Baldwin, b. 1953
She grew up at 503 Barry, and frequently visited my grandparents on Hawthorne. Hawthorne was the home of my grandmother until her death at 99 in 1992; my uncle lived with her for many years, and the house was finally sold in 1993. I also was married at 546 Hawthorne Place. My husband & I bought house on Janssen Avenue in 1987 and have lived there ever since. I went to Parker, as did my kids.
the extended Eisbendrath family 1940ish
a list from Ms. E. Rosenbluth's of her neighbors and/or homeowners on the block. The list begins on old Sheridan Road (inner LSD) and ends on Broadway.
That Luncheon Interview
My Notes by Garry Albrecht
August 10, 2015
Marion Eisendrath Rosenbluth, her daughter Jane Rosenbluth Baldwin, and I met at The Grill next to the Westin Hotel for lunch one weekday. Ms. M.E. Rosenbluth was the focus on this particular interview with her daughter Jane supporting her mother with some memory tips during the course of our time together. Ms. E. Rosenbluth, much like all the former and current residents of Hawthorne Place, are proud and strong-willed folks who had the determination to create their own unique futures. These folks of Hawthorne Place during the turn of the 20th century were titans of manufacturing or elite businessmen of Chicago. Although a good family name could allow Marion to enter and graduate from
 Francis Parker School her grades at Parker would later earn her a degree from Harvard in 1949 during time period women were meant to stay at home. After raising a family she returned to college and earned a Phd from the University of Illinois in 1973. During the course of a ‘salad’ lunch she beguiled me with short stories that are mostly identical to this 1989 magazine article she provided me before lunch.
The Background Material
(click on article segments to enlarge)
This magazine article was written by her nephew in 1989, seven years before Hawthorne Place received its historical due from the City of Chicago Landmark Commission.
One story of interest not in the article was when her executive banker father needed to dismantle and replace the rotten the Queen Anne porch attach to the house. This was during the WWII years when rations were the normal along with labor and material shortages. One day, to the surprise of family and neighbors and apparently, completely uncharacteristic of him, Marion’s father took on the task of porch removal on a residential block where everyone had their own private staff to maintain their homes & properties. In fact, Marion recalled that her parents had their own live-in laundress, landscaper, and a chauffeur named Fitz. Her father project apparently raised a few eyebrows during the course of his project.  
Also during the course of our three hour salad lunch interview Marion and Jane mentioned that 'their world' existed east of Broadway Avenue, south to Hyde Park while traveling along Sheridan Road or Lake Shore Drive to visit the extended family on Drexel Avenue.  Any mention of places western Lake View did not strike any memories. Luckily, most of the short stories Marion mentioned are within her nephew's article – a most entertaining piece.
I hope my second interview will be with the daughter, Jane Rosenbluth Baldwin. Jane has memories with her mother Marion and her neurosurgeon father living their own lives on east Barry Avenue in their own stately home. Her stories are from the 1970’s and 80’s during the time of New Town and those 4+1’s that all must re-invented their block.
I hope my narrative of this interview is worthy of these grand & elegant memories and adds to the depth of this blog post.
Alta Vista Terrace
a design transplant from England
Deida Egan via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
unknown source
1906 photo - Chuckman Collection
The Alta Vista Historical District is a another historic district located in Lake View. The development was built in 1900-04 as an replica of the row-house style community within London called Mayfair. The development was the dream of real estate developer Samuel Eberly Gross, who after a visit to Mayfair felt inspired to duplicate the style. J.C. Brompton was the architect of most of the buildings on the block
The block is located 3800 north and 1050 west.
artist is Ed Walaitis 1975 via Ebay
1971 photo - Chuckman Collection
photo - William Brubaker via University of Illinois
The following article tells a tale of the landmark status 
of this historical district
The Street of 40 Doors
by Yo Chicago
The Vintage Doors of the 1990's
by Ruth Sackheim

The Vintage Doors in 1987
photos - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection  

It's a Sale!
An inside look of this building for sale!
Chicago's Timeless Terrace 1974
by Susan Nelson

It's Another Sale!
A modern look inside
all photos - Curbed Chicago
 the interiors ...

A Video View in 2009
A Photo Tour in 2017
by Carlos Clunie via Original Chicago-Facebook

The South-East Ravenswood District
photo - Andrew Johnson via Wikipedia
The National Register of Historical Places designated this community as a landmark in 1991. It was listed because it was known as the first pre-planned subdivision in Chicago with it's limestone & brick Victorian/Queen Ann homes on over-sized urban lots. Real estate developer John Cochran and Samuel Crowen known as the architect for the Biograph Theater created this suburban-like area. The district's street range is south of Lawrence Avenue (Uptown), west of Clark Street, north of  Irving Park Road and east of Ravenswood Street (east of the Metra tracks). [Montrose Avenue is the border between Uptown and Lake View.] The district includes Graceland West and South East Ravenwood neighborhoods - all in the community of Lake View. 
About the Greater Ravenswood Area:
The District Borders
The History 1870's-1889
Public Transportation was the Key
Photographs of the 1970's 
from the Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
4053 North Greenview Avenue
4108 North Greenview Avenue
4059 North Greenview Avenue
4232 North Paulina Avenue
4317 North Paulina Avenue
and below
4323 North Paulina Avenue
Wellington Avenue 1970's with a zoomed out view
photo - Photographic Images of Change 
(University of Illinois at Chicago)
The Oakdale Avenue District
800 block of Oakdale Avenue - Halsted to Mildred
take a Google viewer tour
View more information/photos on this district
The Surf/Pine Grove District 
the 400 & 500 blocks of Surf and 2800 block of Pine Grove 
photo - University of Illinois-Chicago via Explore Chicago
Sheridan-Surf Hotel - 423-425 West Surf Street
and below 
420 W Surf Street
photo - University of Illinois-Chicago via Explore Chicago
which includes ...
The Brewster Apartments
originally called Lincoln Park Palace
The rooftop German style restaurant 
photo - Chuckman Collection
postcard - part of my personal collection
This eight-story structure was commissioned in 1893 by 
E. H. Turnock. Read about a current condo unit in the building; originally called the Lincoln Park Palace according to the article from 1900 posted below.
photo below - unknown source
1000 block of Oakdale between Sheffield & Seminary
The houses in this district were built by the founders of a 
terra cotta company called the 
Northwestern Terra Cotta Company, one of the leading manufacturers of a material that revolutionized modern  architecture and is uniquely significant to Chicago  The term "terra-cotta row" refers to the concentration of dwellings built by executives of the company, as well as the  elaborate terra-cotta detailing of the buildings and an unusual terra-cotta walls. The residences below represent some of the structures of this historical district.

The Gustav Hottinger House located 1054 W. Oakdale was

built in 1886 when Lake View was a township. The property

covers 3,384 sq. feet of floor space. This structure as

of 2014 has historical significance according

to Chicago Architecture Info.

and the ...

The Henry Rohkam House

is currently located 1048 W Oakdale Avenue

The Newport Historical District
(timelapse video)
Due to a CTA modernization project a building will be saved 
The possible district is located near lake generally between Diversey and Belmont Avenues. The District contains eight contributing houses along Barry, Wellington & Oakdale, three contributing carriages houses/garages, and five non-contributing resources. The residences represent the affluent lifestyle of the owners who resided there in the decades after World War I. The residences were built between 1913-1930. The architectural styles represented include Georgian Revival, Italian Renaissance Revival, Beaux Arts and Tudor Revival, as well as one residence with eclectic features. 

In 2009 the namesake of the district, Meeker Mansion on Barry Avenue, was converted into condos and began selling for millions ... like $1,407,900
1923 Sanborn Fire Map highlights the streets of Barry
 and the northside of Wellington Avenue 
1950 Sanborn Fire Map highlights the streets of Barry and the northside of Wellington Avenue
1923 Sanborn Fire Map highlights
 the southside of Wellington Avenue
1950 Sanborn Fire Map highlights
 the southside of Wellington Avenue
Explore Google viewer 
1936 photo - Chicago Public Library via Explore Chicago
Oakdale viewing east on Sheridan Road
The mansion was located on 338-342 Oakdale Avenue
photo - Chicago Public Library via Explore Chicago
Arthur Apfel residence 
 341 W Wellington
photo - Chicago Public Library via Explore Chicago 
photo - Art Institute of Chicago
a google map view

Oscar Mayer
a meat-packer founder
335-337 Wellington Avenue
Lester Armour
grandson of Philip Armour
of the meat-packer founder
325 Wellington Avenue
Philip T. Starch 
330 Wellington Avenue
The Dwellings that Did Not Survive:
Wellington Avenue
I have a blog post on lost residences 
called House Teardowns
 the two buildings on the left did not survive Urban Renewal era zoomed out view - Mrs. Montgomery Ward's townhouse
Blue Prints for 331-339 W Wellington
Art Institute of Chicago via Explore Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago via Explore Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago via Explore Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago via Explore Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago via Explore Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago via Explore Chicago

zoomed out view
 ... and the properties replacement via Google maps
photos above - Photographic Images of Change 
(University of Illinois at Chicago
Article about the Mrs Ward's 339 Townhouse
by The Economist 1915
The new town house which Mrs Montgomery Ward will erect in Lincoln Park extension at 339 Wellington avenue south front just west of the Outer Lake Shore Drive will be in the Italian style of architecture in which the architect Mr Shaw has achieved much success The exterior will be of brick and stone that is dark red pressed brick and Bedford stone with mottled purple and green slate roof and will cover a ground area of about 52x65 feet the lot fronting 75 feet and having a depth of 140 The house will be fireproof either mackolite or hollow tile being used In the ground story there will be the entrance hall this part of the structure being devoted practically to the service department of the establishment In the first floor proper above the ground floor there will be the stair hall living room 28x20 library 20x20 dining room 21x21 sun parlor 16x20 and the main stair hall about 20x20 with a servants pantry and other accessories The entrance hall will have a marble floor while the walls will be of Bedford stone while the living room and library will have oak floors and be finished in mahogany The dining room will be paneled to the ceiling and finished in white enamel In the sun parlor there will be a marble floor stone walls and a vaulted ornamental plastered ceiling In the second story there will be large stair hall and four bed rooms each with dressing room and baths The bed rooms which will be 19x21 16x26 21x14 and 16x18 will be finished in walnut and white enamel The house will be heated with hot water Construction has commenced and it is to be finished in about a year. - The Economist 1915
Demo'ed on (inner) Lake Shore Drive
and it's chapel located at
This 1923 Sanborn Fire Map highlights the pre-Holy Souls property of the existing building at the time that may have
had an officially location of 3030 Inner LSD not 303 Barry as previous documents have indicated from the above link
This 1950 Sanborn Fire Map highlights the convent, chapel, adjacent building westward of inner LSD has a property location of 315-329 W Barry and a possible address of 3030 N Inner LSD. This Catholic institution provided care for those unable to discover or afford medical care anywhere else. Their mission continued during the worst of the AIDS crisis. 

current location via Google view
the building in the background via Google viewer
once located at 309 W Barry Avenue
photos - Susanne Schnell via Holy Souls End 
Then in April of 2005 the sisters sold the mansion to LR Development Co. for $21 million.  The chapel that the sisters added when they acquired the property along with an addition of the same vintage was torn down. 
- Chicago Tribune Aug. 14, 2005 - Connecting the Windy City
a 2009 Google Map views of the area along 
Inner LSD between Barry & Wellington Avenues
The Lost Kellogg Mansions 
Current Google View
Along LSD between Oakdale & Wellington
This 1950 Sanborn Fire Map highlights 
the buildings along inner LSD and 
when the houses were built (b.)

photo - University of Illinois-Chicago via Explore Chicago Collection. Beyond the high-rise lies were Kellogg Mansions that were east of the high-rise with enlargement - 1970-ish
Save the Mansions for Chicago Mayors in 1979

Last Chance to Save in 1981

The Tale of Three Buildings in 1981

 Court Rules for Demo in 1982
photos below by Robert Davis 
via LakeView Historical-Facebook
 2960 Lake Shore Drive
 2960 Lake Shore Drive
 2960 Lake Shore Drive

2952 Lake Shore Drive
 2946 Lake Shore Drive
the cottages/garages in back
Preservationists have the final word after the demolition
The Kellogg Mansions Replacement - 1986
 Page 2

Post Notes
I only noted the historical districts in the neighborhood of Lake View. Google Map did a fairly good job of highlighting the others that was within the old township borders such as Andersonville, Edgewater, and Buena Park that our north of Fullerton Avenue to Devon, Western to the lake. 
The City of Chicago has a more detailed description of each district while Curbed Chicago has an interesting article on it.

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