Tuesday, July 10, 2018

A Significant Photo of Lake Shore Drive in Chicago which was Misdated on the Internet.

Lake Shore Drive in 1889 taken from the top of the Chicago Water Tower.
Again... the Internet propagates false information as every website with this photo has the wrong date of 1870, make it a year before the Great Chicago Fire.
It appears that the building with the arrow (at 200% zoom) is the McCormick Rockefeller Mansion at 1000 N. Lake Shore Drive, which was completed in 1883. It also appears that the mansion had added the chimney on the southside at a later date. 

The image was from the Chicago History Museum's Collection and dated 1870. With some painstaking research, I found this photos date to be 1889.

Research by Neil Gale, Ph.D.

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