By: Baird & Warner, Inc.
Date: 1928 (dated) Chicago
Dimensions: 19 x 12.5 x 0.5 inches
This is a remarkable portfolio of fine apartments in Chicago and Evanston offered by Baird & Warner in 1928. The portfolio consist of over 100 buildings with descriptions of its history, architectural style, amenities, etc. as well as complete floor plans with dimensions and labels.
This portfolio offers a unique look at living options during one of the most prosperous decades for Baird & Warner and the renown period in the history of Chicago known as the "Roaring 20s." Within a few years of this portfolio being published the following events occurred.
1925: Grant Park Stadium (Soldier Field) opens
1925: Union Station completed
1927: Buckingham Fountain dedicated
1927: Municipal Airport (Midway) opens
1928: Chicago River straightened
1929: Chicago Stadium opens
1929: St. Valentine's Day Massacre
1930: Adler Planetarium and Astronomical Museum dedicated
1930: Merchandise Mart opens, becoming the world's largest building
1930: Shedd Aquarium opens
Baird & Warner is a residential real estate company that began in March of 1855 with a $5,000 loan to Edward Casey & Brothers, taking security mortgages on property along Washington Street in downtown Chicago. After the Chicago Fire of 1871 the only surviving material was the company ledgers that were contained in a fire proof safe. These documents helped Chicago officials verify property ownership after the city's records were destroyed. After the fire, the firm raised $140 million from out-of-state investors to cover to cost of reconstruction. The company is still in operation today.
Condition: This portfolio is in B+ condition with some wear on the outer boards and some paper loss along the outside edges of the inner decorative page covers. The majority of the portfolio is in like-new condition.
Ref: Historical Events - https://www.chipublib.org/chicago-history-timeline/
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