A 140-year-old “worker’s cottage” in the Gold Coast is threatened with demolition after being sold to a developer for nearly $1.5 million.
The home, which is currently under contract to an unnamed developer, is Orange-rated in the city’s Historic Resources Survey and a contributing building to the Gold Coast National Register District.
The simple cottage reflects the built environment of Chicago the immediate aftermath of the 1871 fire and prior to the arrival of Potter Palmer and his peers in what is now known as the Gold Coast.
The threat this building faces put into stark relief the need for a Chicago Landmark District to protect not only this building, but a very important area of houses by a whos-who of notable Chicago architects and industrialists.
This home’s demolition permit is currently on hold as a part of the 90-day Demolition Delay ordinance. Preservation Chicago is working with the city and our sister organizations on research to consider this building for possible landmark designation.