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Edgewater’s Landmark Manor House: Rumors and the Glory Days

1029BrynMawrWith its castle-like towers, Manor House, at the corner of Bryn Mawr and Kenmore, is an Edgewater landmark.  Built in 1908 by J.E.O Pridemore for Samuel and Kate Dalton, it was one of the grandest six-flats ever built in Chicago.  The original apartments had 12 to 16 rooms.  Two units even had ballrooms.  Apartments rented for $200 – $250 monthly in 1917, the equivalent of $4,000-$5,000 now.

Although Manor House had a rough time during the 1970s and 1980s, with the west side of the building uninhabited for 14 years, it remained fairly true to its historical roots. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987, based on its history, architectural details, and an exterior that  is nearly unchanged from the original design.  In 1994 it was restored and renovated into condos and now has 16 apartments. A 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom in the building sold last year for $280,000

Architect Pridemore is most famous for his theater designs, including the Bush Temple of Music and the Vic Theatre.  He also designed several buildings in Edgewater:  the Beaconsfield-Hollywood apartments at 1055-1065 W. Hollywood, the Church of the Atonement, and the demolished “The Gables” at Kenmore and Hollywood.  Unfortunately, The Gables isn’t alone. Many of his buildings have been demolished, including DePaul’s Lyceum, the Adelphi and Sheridan theaters in Roger’s Park, and the Empress in Englewood.

One of the most persistent stories about Manor House is that it once functioned as the British Consulate.  LeRoy Blommaert of the Edgewater Historical Society says that there isn’t any evidence for that. He believes the rumors are based on architectural features such as the crest of England in the courtyard. However, the current British Consulate tweeted that while it never was a consulate, they think that the British Consul General did, at one point, live there.

 

I’d love to hear if anyone has any other information about Manor House, particularly the consulate rumors.

 


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