Essential Architecture-  Chicago Loop North

Hotel St. Benedict Flats

architect

James J. Egan

location

40-52 E. Chicago Ave.

date

1882-83

style

Victorian High Gothic

construction

Brick

type

Apartment Building
 
 
   
A particularly fine--and rare--surviving example of Victorian Gothic design, this is one of the city's best late-19th century apartment buildings. Because early luxury apartments in America were viewed with skepticism, the Chicago Avenue facade of this building was designed to look like a series of four separate townhouses. The building was named in honor of the Benedictine order, which had maintained a church on the site until the Chicago Fire of 1871. The architect, James Egan, was noted throughout the Midwest for his designs of residential, commercial, government, and ecclesiastical buildings.

links

With special thanks to the City of Chicago website, www.egov.cityofchicago.org , for much of the info on this page.
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