Friday, February 22, 2008

Raber House

5760 S. Lafayette Avenue
Year Built: 1870
Designated a Chicago Landmark in 1996
From the Landmarks page:
" 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."
http://www.cityofchicago.org/Landmarks/R/RaberHouse.html

6 comments:

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pwalerow said...

I found this information on the website ibc34.com while researching the Raber House. I don’t know how accurate it is but she appears to know what she is talking about.

Raber House By Hol Hartman great great great grand daughter of John Raber.
Found on ibc34.com

"Contrary to common belief, John Raber did not build the house. It was built by Rudolph Walenta, a doctor, around 1860 and purchased by Raber in 1862. I think Rabers name stuck because of a drawing made of it in 1874, while Raber owned it; He sold it not long afterward. Around 1894 the house was enlarged ( a third floor and bay windows were added ) and turned into an apartment house. Even while Raber lived there there were about as many lodgers as family menbers at the house, so the house has a long history of being very full of people. The Rabers, the Walentas, and the Rosenmerkel family who owned the land before the Walenta were all German-speaking immigrants, as were some of Rabers lodgers".

kushibo said...

Is this the same Raber House?

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-chicago-vineyard-20110501,0,7820754.story