Tuesday, May 6, 2014

When A Mayor Lived In Uptown

Chicago Daily News negatives collection, DN-0003698. Courtesy of Chicago History Museum.

This ornate mansion once stood at the corner of Sunnyside and Beacon, at 4500 N Beacon (then known as 3127 Beacon). The photo was taken in 1906 by a photographer for the Chicago Daily News, when the home belonged to the Mayor of Chicago, Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne, who served from 1905-1907, then went on to become the Governor of Illinois from 1913-1917.  Note the horse and carriage on Sunnyside heading toward Dover.

It is now a parking lot.  The light brick building next to it still stands, and there is another building occupying the space where the north/side yard is.

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