Photos: This Rare Mansion That Survived The Chicago Fire Can Be Yours, For $2.85M
By Stephen Gossett in News on May 24, 2017 4:22PM
Well, here's something you don't see everyday.
The Great Chicago Fire decimated more than three full miles of the city, left some 100,000 people without shelter and generally left very few buildings intact. But a precious few pre-Fire artifacts still remain—and you can actually buy one particularly extravagant, rare survivor.
This 6,750-square-foot mansion, at 1248 West Montana Street, was built in 1867, just four years before the Great Chicago Fire. It's current location, however, was not its original. After it was spared in the fire, the mansion was uprooted and moved to its current Lincoln Park home, in order to avoid new fire-code restrictions that would've seen the home leveled.
Needless to say, such a historic built link to the pre-Fire past is exceptionally uncommon. But the mansion's "pristine condition" makes it an even rarer find, says realtor Julie Busby.
Busby points out the three-story, formal foyer at the entrance and the sweeping family room in the much-restored space. "You don't usually see these large open spaces in vintage homes," she told Chicagoist. "It's truly a special property," she said. The price tag—$2.85 million—agrees.
[H/T Curbed Chicago]