-- Maybe those of us who were saying, we need to do more to protect these international treasures
    are right. --

    photo by Robert Murphy (Chicago Reader)

    Just last July, Lynn wrote that the house was threatened with demolition.

    He quotes Ward Miller, Sullivan historian by saying,
    "Miller hasn’t been inside the house, but he’s peered through the large window of the front door. “It still retains its beautiful staircase,” he says. “You can see the underside. It’s got the recessed coffers, small coffers. It’s completely intact from what I can tell, with balusters and the handrail and a newel post that’s covered in a sort of foliated Sullivan ornament.”

    I had heard that some of the interior elements of the house had recently been removed.

    Read Lynn's last paragraph, which I'll post below today's AP story.

    Historic Chicago home designed by Sullivan destroyed by fire

    Associated Press

    November 4, 2006, 7:35 AM CST

    CHICAGO -- A historic North Side home designed by renown architect Louis Sullivan has been ravaged by fire, the third such city structure brought down by a blaze this year.

    The fire began at the home in the 600 block of West Stratford Place at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday and was extinguished by 3 a.m., said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Kevin MacGregor.

    No one was inside the home during the fire, and no injuries were reported, MacGregor said.

    The wood frame home had been undergoing a recent renovation, he said. The fire's heavy smoke made it hard to see around the nearby streets in the city's Lakeview neighborhood.

    "Fire was blowing out of everywhere in this building," MacGregor said.

    "It was quite a fire."

    The home, known as the George Harvey House, was designed by Sullivan and fellow architect Dankmar Adler and was completed in 1888, according to Preservation Chicago.

    Buildings designed by Sullivan have not fared well across the city this year.

    In January, the Pilgrim Baptist Church on the city's South Side was gutted by a fire. It had been designed as a synagogue by Sullivan and fellow architect and was completed in 1891.

    And in late October, an extra-alarm fire destroyed the Dexter Building, a formidable 119-year-old structure designed by the design firm Adler & Sullivan in Chicago's South Loop.

    Copyright © 2006, The Associated Press


    Lynn Becker wrote last July: "Given its proximity to the lake and the short supply of single-family homes of its size and quality, not to mention its pedigree, a restored Harvey House would undoubtedly provide Frank a handsome profit if she decided to sell, though not as much as another stack of ugly condos. If she files an application for a demolition permit, the ball will be in the city’s court. It would be ironic if during this, the 150th anniversary of Sullivan’s birth, the city let yet another of his irreplaceable buildings slip through its fingers."

    But after that article, we heard that the owner of the house had ditched her plan for condos on the site and would renovate the Sullivan house.

    Ah Chicago!

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