Chicago Landmarks

John and Clara Merchant House

    Address: 3854 N. Kostner Ave.
Year Built: Circa 1872
Architect: George E. Woodward
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: October 8, 2008

The John and Clara Merchant House is a handsome Second Empire-style building and an early example of ¿pattern book architecture," or building designs sold by mail-order. The house's design was published as "Design #2" in Woodward's National Architect. The house is noteworthy for its high-profile mansard roof and original detailing, including its oversized window hoods, finely-carved cornice and window brackets. Located near rail lines, the Merchant House represents the Irving Park neighborhood¿s development as an early ¿railroad suburb¿ of Chicago.

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