Essential Architecture-  Chicago South and West

Raber House

architect

Thomas Wing

location

5760 S. Lafayette Ave.

date

1870; major alterations 1894

style

Italianate

construction

Brick

type

House
 
 
   
One of the city's few remaining pre-Fire of 1871 residences, this is a rare surviving example in the Englewood community of a large country estate. The Italianate-style brick residence, which is capped by a wooden cupola, was constructed by John Raber, a prominent area businessman, real-estate developer, and politician. The residence's original 6 acre grounds and gardens were so extensive that the house's initial address was on State Street (then South Plank Road), one block to the east.

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