LOSS: North Shore Dairy Demolished for Mega-Mansion in 2020, Then They Changed Their Minds

North Shore Dairy, C.1880s, 1822 N Howe Street. Demolished September 2020. Photo Credit: Rachel Freundt / Chicagoland Architecture Blog

North Shore Dairy, C.1880s, 1822 N Howe Street. Demolished September 2020. Photo Credit: Rachel Freundt / Chicagoland Architecture Blog

“The buyers of a triple lot in Lincoln Park who demolished a conjoined pair of 1870s buildings to make way for a megamansion appear to have changed their minds. They have put the property, now cleared of buildings, on the market at $6.75 million.

“When the property sold in May 2020, the agent for the sellers, Meredith Manni Meserow of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago, told Crain’s that the buyers were not homebuilders but end users who planned to have their own home built on the site.

“The site, which can accommodate a single house of up to 15,500 square feet or could be divided, ‘is cleared and ready to build,’ Tassone’s listing says.

“It’s been cleared of the house that Deborah and Ron Clarkson made out of an old dairy four decades ago. The dairy had been made out of two 19th century workers’ cottages in the early 1900s, according to Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich.

“Deborah Clarkson told Schmich that ‘buildings have so many lives. They give a voice to the past.’ That was before the present owners demolished the structures, about 5,400 square feet including a connecting wing between them, to make way for new construction.” (Rodkin, Crain’s Chicago Business, 5/19/21)

Read the full story at Crain’s Chicago Business

A $6 million mystery in Lincoln Park; After demolishing the conjoined pair of 1870s buildings on the triple lot, the buyers evidently decided not to build a new megamansion on the site after all, instead putting it up for sale, Dennis Rodkin, Crain’s Chicago Business, 5/19/21

Read the column from Mary Schmich the Chicago Tribune 

Column: An old Chicago dairy is sold, destined to be torn down. A piece of the city’s history will vanish with it, Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune, 5/13/20

Flickr Album by Kellsboro with dozens of photos and videos: 1822 N Howe St, Chicago IL former Dairy, Sitting on three city lots in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, this c1880s brick structure was originally a facility of the North Shore Dairy. Discontinued in the 1940s it was converted to the private residence.

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