THREATENED: Demolition Threat for John Nuveen House

The Nuveen House is a graceful, Queen Anne style house in the historic Old Irving Park community. Located at 3916 N. Tripp Avenue, it was built by John Nuveen as his primary residence in 1892. Nuveen founded The John Nuveen Company, a financial investment firm which became a major underwriter of municipal bonds around the turn of the 20th century. The firm became a primary source of capital for the public works projects undertaken by the country’s cities, counties, and states. Accordingly, John Nuveen figured prominently in the massive effort to build the nation’s infrastructure during the 20th century.

The John Nuveen House was recently purchased by a developer with plans to demolish the house and replace it with new construction. Preservation Chicago is working with Cathey Curley and leadership within the Old Irving Park community, along with 45 th Ward Alderman John Arena and the City of Chicago to save this house from demolition. Ideally, the house would be sold to a preservation-oriented buyer and designated as a Chicago Landmark.

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