The hotel was initial referred to as the Lake View House
photo - Art Institute of Chicago
several additions were constructed prior to 1890
X marks the spot on the map
Nicholas Krantz, of Luxembourg, arrived in 1848, and constructed the first known structure in the area, a frame homestead, which he called the Seven Mile House because of its distance from the Chicago City Hall. The Seven Mile House has been reputed as a local tavern, inn, and meeting place; however, as Lois Kransz points out, it was never operated as an official business. The Kranszes provided food, drink, and lodging to travelers passing through the area (for a small toll fee), as was the custom in sparsely-populated areas. Many of these guests were funeral processions from Calvary Cemetery in Evanston. According to Edgewater Historical Society, the building was located on the northeast corner of Clark Street and Ridge Avenue. Also. in the zoomed map below is the name of Anderson Hoods; probably the precusor to Andersonville??. The other names on the map above are probably names of property owners.
A Visit in June 1854A 1854 article below indicates the partnership of surveyor James Rees and Elisha Hundley in a subdivision called Pine Grove - today Lake View EastEE Hundley's partnerJames H Rees was a prominent early real estate dealer and land surveyor, primarily remembered today for the set of maps he created of the Chicago area in 1851.
W.L. Flower Map-Library of Congress
Chicago and Midwest Collection-Newberry Library
for the ribbon cutting segment of program
me and a very interested attendee
Pat Murphy - RLVHA project manager,
Alderman James Capplemen of the 46th ward and me
*my 5 minutes of fame*
I was taking the audience back to year 1854 - the first dinner party at the hotel and the area's surroundings at that time