Date: September 18, 2011
Landmarks Visited: 2
Landmarks To-Date: 341
Landmarks Remaining: 12
Shawn and I started out to see five landmarks on this grey Saturday morning, but first Superman and then vintage cars slowed our progress. First, I was driving on Lower Wacker when I saw a police SUV driving directly at me in the wrong lane. My first thought was that I was going the wrong way. Then I saw the camera car behind the police and realized that they were filming a scene for the next Superman film. At the next intersection the police directed us off Wacker. Still, it would have helpful to have been given earlier warning of the street closure.
So a little later than we expected we were approaching our first destination when the street was closed again, this time for a vintage car show of some sort. I tried driving around to enter our destination street from the other way, but then realized that it was a one way street. So no luck there...
After all the delays, we only managed to see two landmarks before rain and afternoon plans sent us home.
1. DuPont-Whitehouse House (3558 S Artesian Avenue)
This is a large house that is part way through what appears to be a major renovation. The house is for sale (listed for $199,000) so I was able to get some info from the listing. Here are the details if you're in the market for a historic home:
LAST CHANCE TO OWN A PART OF CHICAGO HISTORY BEFORE IT COMES OFF THE MARKET...... A CHICAGO LANDMARK, THE DUPONT WHITEHOUSE. 4,332 SQUARE FEET + 1,444 SF IN BSMT. SELLER HAS DONE A LOT OF WORK TO THIS PROPERTY BUT THERE’S STILL WORK TO COMPLETE. OFFERS 3 FIREPLACES, 4.5 BATHROOMS. DUAL PARLORS, GORGEUOS SKYLIGHTS, MSTR BEDROOM WITH FIREPLACE, 2 CLOSETS AND FULL BATHROOM. CASH OFFERS ONLY!!! ONLY SERIOUS BUYERS!!!
2. Walter Burley Griffin Place District (1600-1800 W Griffin Place [formerly 104th Place])
The houses in this district date from the early 1900s, and seven of them were built by Walter Burley Griffin. Early in Griffin's career he had worked with Frank Lloyd Wright, and Wright's influence can be seen in some of the homes here.