Architect James J. Egan was an Irish American architect who relocated to Chicago around the time of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
During his time in Chicago, he was a partner with Armstrong & Egan, Egan & Kirkland, and Egan & Prindeville.
He frequently designed structures with Romanesque details which include semi-circular arches, massive, thick walls, groin vaults, and large towers. These details lend themselves to churches and cathedrals.
This home at 1440 Dearborn Parkway in Chicago features a heavy stone façade, curved stone entry windows and bay.
The home also includes beautiful original wood paneling and mouldings, lovely outdoor room and a wine cellar. Many updates include a new kitchen and updated baths.
He is responsible for a number of churches across the United States including
Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport, Iowa
St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
and St. Mary of Assumption Cathedral in San Francisco, California.
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Another mansion in Chicago related to the Wrigley family is located at 1400 North Astor Street.
The original owner, Perry H. Smith, heir to a railroad and real estate tycoon, hired the firm Cobb and Frost to design the home in 1886.
Cobb and Frost are responsible for such notable buildings as the original Chicago Opera House, the Dearborn Observatory on Northwestern’s campus, and the Palmer Mansion. I wrote about a Henry Ives Cobb in a post here.
This home is a Romanesque Revival style mansion built of sandstone-trimmed red brick.
Romanesque Revival architecture features polychromatic, asymmetrical facades using stone and brick, round arches over windows and entryways, and thick cavernous entryways and window openings.
In the 20’s the home was purchased by James R. Offield and Dorothy Wrigley Offield, the only daughter of chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. Mrs. Wrigley Offield lived in the home until her death in the 80’s.
In 1983 the home was auctioned off for the amazing price of $600,000.00 and has undergone many updates and an addition.
Beautiful, isn’t it!
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