1400 Astor Street in Chicago

Another mansion in Chicago related to the Wrigley family is located at 1400 North Astor Street.

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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!

Have a great week!

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