Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Follow-up: The Palmer Castle

Last month we posted a film in this blog that showcased Chicago as it was in 1948. One scene in that film showed an unnamed castle along the city's lakefront.

We now know what that castle was. It was the home of legendary Chicago businessman Potter Palmer, who is responsible for making State Street what it is today.

Sadly, the castle which once overlooked Oak Street Beach is gone, replaced by the sibling apartment blocks known as 1350-1360 North Lake Shore Drive. We have friends who live there, so we won't call the buildings ugly. Whoops.

Recently, the "Ask Geoffrey" segment on WTTW's Chicago Tonight brought up the Palmer Castle and gave some very interesting background information.

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