In 1885, Astor Street District’s first mansion was built. Potter Palmer, a dry goods merchant and owner of the Palmer House Hotel, built his palatial, castle-like residence on the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Banks Street; inside the Palmer mansion were 42 lavishly furnished rooms which required 26 servants to maintain.
Many wealthy Chicagoans followed Palmer’s lead and built mansions in the neighborhood. Several homes took up an entire city block and, as time progressed, the name Gold Coast was adopted. On January 30, 1978, the entire Gold Coast district was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
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Chicago’s Gold Coast
by Wilbert Jones, Kathleen Willis-Morton, Maureen O’Brien, with photography by Bob Dowey and foreword by Richard Driehaus
Images of America series
128 pages/ softcover
Published: July 9, 2012