Joseph Sears, vice president of N. K. Fairbank and Company, commissioned Burnham and Roots to design his home at 1815 South Prairie in 1882.
A unique feature of the property was it had a log cabin. The log cabin was originally built for Joseph Sears’ children when they lived at 1815 Praire Ave., Chicago, in 1882. The children, and their friends, used the log cabin as their playhouse while living in the city. In 1892, the log cabin was moved to Joseph Sears’ home in Kenilworth. The log cabin continued to be a playhouse for his children and their new Kenilworth acquaintances.
The house was sold to Arthur Meeker in 1902, the European representative for Armour and Company, who significantly remodeled the house.
Belle Armour abandoned the house in 1921 and gave it to his chauffeur, rent free, in 1921. The house was demolished in 1937 and R. R. Donnelley eventually bought the property to expand their facilities.