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A.M.N. Express Office, NW corner Dearborn and Lake
Academy of Design, Adams, between State and Dearborn.
Academy of Music I, Washington, between Clark and Dearborn
Adam’s House I, NW corner Lake and Michigan
Aetna Building. LaSalle, between Madison and Washington
Aiken’s Museum, North side of Randolph street between Clark and Dearborn streets
A. H. Andrews & Co., 111 State street
Andrew’s building, La Salle, between Madison and Monroe.
Andrews & Otis’ building, Clark, bet. Monroe and Adams.
Arcade Building, Clark, between Madison and Monroe
Armory Police Court, SW corner Franklin and Adams
Armour Building I, NE corner. Michigan ave. and Randolph st.
Avenue House, NW Corner of Wabash avenue and Twenty-second street
Barnes House, SW corner Randolph and Canal
Julius Bauer Pianos, Clark near Washington
Berlin Block, NW corner State and Monroe
Bigelow Hotel, SW corner Adams and Dearborn
William Blair & Co., Near NE corner of Randolph and Wells
Blake’s building, Washington, bet. Fifth avenue and Franklin.
E. W. Blatchford & Chicago Shot Tower Co., SW corner of Clinton and Fulton
Board of Trade I , SE corner LaSalle and Washington
Bookseller’s Row , State, between Washington and Madison
Boone block, La Salle, between Washington and Madison.
Bowen, Whitman & Winslow Building, Randolph between Michigan and Wabash
Bowen Brothers , Lake Street Between Wabash and Michigan Avenues
Bowen Brothers Building, SE corner Wabash and Randolph
Bradner Smith, South Water, between Dearborn and Clark
Mr. Brand’s Temple of Art, Washington, between Wabash and State
Brigg’s House, NE corner Wells and Randolph – Not Destroyed
Brunswick & Co. Manufactory, Randolph, between State and Dearborn
Bryan block, corner La Salle and Monroe.
Bryan’s Hall Clark street, across from Courthouse.
Bull’s Head Tavern, West Madison street, Ogden avenue, and Ashland avenue.
Burch’s House I, NE corner Lake and Wabash
Burch’s House II, NE corner Lake and Wabash
Burke’s European Hotel, Madison, between La Sale and Clark
Calhoun block, Clark, between Washington and Madison.
Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, IL
Camp Douglas, Thirty-first Street and Cottage Grove Avenue
Carbutt’s Photography Studios
Carbutt’s Biographical Sketches of the Leading Men of Chicago
Carson, Pirie & Co.
Central Block, NE corner Market and Washington
Chamber of Commerce I , SE corner LaSalle and Washington
Chapin & Wells Wood Yard, 12th and Clark Streets
Charles Tobey Furniture, SW corner of State and Randolph
Chicago House of Correction (The Bridewell), 26th and California
Chicago Historical Society I, SE corner N. Dearborn & Ontario
Chicago Central High School, Monroe Street near Halsted
Chicago Clearing House Association, 82 Dearborn street.
Chicago Orphan Asylum
Chicago Shot Tower Co.
Chicago Times I, Dearborn, between Washington and Madison.
Chicago Tribune I, Dearborn, SE cor. Madison
Chicago University, 34th and Cottage Grove
Chicago City Water Works, corner Chicago avenue and Pine.
Church, Goodman & Donnelley, Dearborn, near Washington
Church of the Holy Family, Twelfth Street
City Hotel, SE corner State and Lake
City National Bank, 156 Washington street.
City Water Works, corner Chicago and Pine
Clarke School, 13th Street and Reuben (Ashland)
Clark Street Methodist Episcopal Church, SW corner Clark and Washington Streets
Cleveland House, corner Clark and Kinzie
Clifton House, SE corner Madison and Wabash
Coan & Ten Broeke Carriage, Northwest corner of Randolph and Ann streets
S. B. Cobb’s Block, SE corner Lake and Michigan.
Cobb’s Block, Washington, between Clark and Dearborn.
Cobb’s Building, Dearborn, bet. Washington and Madison.
Cobb’s Block, corner Lake and Wabash
Collins & Kessler’s Mourning Store, SE corner State and Madison
Commercial Building, corner La Salle and Lake.
Commercial Loan Company, 44 North Clark street.
Commercial Insurance Company’s Building, Washington, between La Salle and Fifth avenue.
Commercial National Bank Building, East side of Dearborn street, between Randolph street and the Tremont House
Cooley, Farwell & Co., NE Corner Wabash Avenue and Benton Place (Wabash, Between Lake and Randolph)
Courthouse I, SE corner of Lake and Clark streets,
Courthouse II NE corner of LaSalle and Randolph Streets.
Courthouse III State street, between Randolph and Lake streets
Courthouse IV Randolph and Washington, between Clark and LaSalle
Crane Brothers Manufacturing Co.,
Crosby’s Building, State, bet. Randolph and Washington.
Crosby Opera House , Washington, between Dearborn and State
Culver, Page & Hoyne Building
Custom House and Post Office, NW corner Dearborn and Monroe
Dearborn House, NW Corner Lake Street and Michigan Avenue
Dearborn Observatory, University of Chicago
Dearborn School No. 1
Dearborn Street Theatre
De Haven Block, Dearborn, between Quincy and Jackson.
Depository Building, Randolph, bet. Clark and La Salle.
Dickey’s Building, corner Dearborn and Lake.
Dole’s Building, corner Clark and South Water.
Drake and Farwell Block, corner Wabash and Washington
John H. Dunham Mansion
Edward Ely, Tailor
European Hotel, SW corner State and Lake
Evening Post, Dearborn, between Washington and Madison
Ewing block, North Clark, bet. North Water and Kinzie.
Exchange Bank, SW corner Lake and Clark.
Farwell Hall I, Madison, near SW corner Clark
Federal Savings Bank and Safe Depository I, NE Corner of State and Randolph Streets
Field, Leiter & Co. I, NE corner State and Washington
Fifth National Bank, NW corner Clark and Dearborn.
Fire Extinguisher Manufacturing Company (Babcock), 315-323 South Desplaines Street
First & Second Baptist Churches, SE corner Washington and LaSalle
First National Bank of Chicago I, SW Corner Lake and Clark
First National Bank of Chicago II, SW corner State and Washington
Flander’s Block, foot South Water
Fourth National Bank, southeast corner Dearborn and Washington streets.
Fry’s Building, La Salle, bet. Washington and Randolph.
Fullerton’s Block, NW corner Washington and Dearborn.
Galena Division Depot of the C&NW Railway
Gallup building, corner La Salle and Madison.
Garrett Block I, SE corner Randolph and State.
1848—Goose Island (Kilgubbin)
Grace Methodist Church
(Grand) Pacific Hotel I, corner Clark and Quincy.
Great Central Depot
Green Tree Tavern, Northeast Corner of Lake and Canal Streets, moved to Southeast Corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Fulton Street in the fall of 1880.
Hale Block I SE Corner of Washington and State Streets
Hall, Kimbark & Co., SE Corner Michigan and Lake
Hartford Fire Insurance building, La Salle, between Randolph and Lake.
C. M. Henderson, Michigan Avenue and Lake Street
Henry B. Clarke House
Hibernian Savings Bank, Southwest corner of Lake and Clark
Hooley’s Opera House
Holt’s building, Washington, bet. La Salle and Fifth ave.
Holy Name Cathedral I, State and Superior
Honoré Block I, Dearborn, between Monroe and Adams
Huck’s Brewery, State and Scott
Illinois Central Depot
Illinois Central Land Department building, Michigan avenue, between Lake and South Water.
Iron Block, Lake Street, South side of Lake St., bet. State St. and Wabash Avenue
Jevne and Almini, 101 Washington near Clark (1862-1865); 152-154 Clark, between Madison and Monroe (1865-1871)
Keep’s Building, Clark, between Madison and Monroe.
Kendall Block I & II
Kent’s Building, No. 153 Monroe.
1848—Kilgubbin (Goose Island)
King’s Block, NW corner Washington and Dearborn
King’s Opera House
James S. Kirk & Company INorth River Street
Knight’s Block, Dearborn and Harrison
Lake House, N. Rush and E. Hubbard
Lakeside Building, corner Adams and Clark.
Larmon Block, NE corner Clark and Washington
LaSalle Street Tunnel
Lill & Diversey’s Brewery, Pine and Chicago streets
Lincoln block, corner Lake and Franklin.
Lincoln House, NE corner Canal and Randolph streets
Lind’s Block, corners Randolph and Lake and Market
Link’s Block, corner La Salle and Lake.
Lloyd’s Block, corner Randolph and Fifth avenue.
Lombard Block, corner Monroe and Custom House place, between Clark and Dearborn.
Loomis Block, SW corner Clark and South Water.
Lord & Smith I, Lake street
Lumberman’s Exchange, corner South Water and Franklin.
Mackin’s building, State, between Madison and Monroe.
Magie’s building, SW corner La Salle and Randolph.
Mahlon D. Ogden’s Home, Dearborn, between Oak and Whitney – Not Destroyed
Major Block I, SE corner LaSalle and Madison
Marine Bank Building, NE corner Lake and LaSalle
Marine Hospital, parade-ground of Fort Dearborn reservation (Rineon Point)
Masonic Temple, 83 and 85 Dearborn Street
Massasoit House, SW corner South Water and Central
Matteson House I, NW corner Dearborn and Randolph
Joseph Matteson Residence Corner South Water and Michigan Ave
McAvoy Brewing Co., 24th and South Park
McCarthy Building, SE corner Clark and Randolph.
McCarthy’s Building, corner Dearborn and Washington.
McCormick’s Building, corner Michigan and Lake
McCormick Reaper and Mower Company I, North bank of the Chicago River, east of Rush Street Bridge
McKee’s building, corner Wabash ave. and Randolph.
McVicker’s Theatre I & II, Madison, between State and Dearborn
Mechanical Bakery, Clinton Street, near Lake
Mechanics’ Building, Washington, bet. La Salle and Fifth ave.
Edward Mendel—Lithographer, Engraver & Printer, Various Locations
Mercantile Building, La Salle, bet. Madison and Washington.
Merchants’ Farmers Savings Bank
Merchants’ Hotel, NW corner State and Washington
Merchant’s Insurance building, NW corner of LaSalle and Washington Streets
Methodist Church block, corner Clark and Washington.
Metropolitan Hall, NW corner Randolph and LaSalle
Metropolitan Hotel, SW corner Randolph and Wells
Michigan Avenue Hotel, SW corner Michigan Ave and Congress
Michigan Southern Depot , SW corner LaSalle and Van Buren
Michigan Terrace, Michigan, between Congress and Van Buren
Monroe Building, corner Clark and Monroe.
Morrison Block I & II, SE corner of Madison and Clark
Mourning Store, SE corner State and Madison
Mutual Life of Chicago, Fifth avenue, between Washington and Randolph.
Nevada Hotel, SW Corner of Franklin and Washington Streets
Newbury block, corner Wells and Kinzie.
Nixon Building, NE corner LaSalle and Monroe – Not Destroyed
Nixon’s Exchange, SW corner Clark and Washington
North Presbyterian Church, Cass and Indiana streets
North’s Amphitheater, Monroe, near Wells
Norton Block, Nos. 136 and 138 South Water.
Oak Woods Cemetery
October 7, 1871 Fire.
Ogden Hotel, Quincy and Jackson, between Clark and LaSalle
O’Brien’s Art Emporium, 51 State street
Old Board of Trade buildings, South Water, between La Salle and Fifth ave.
Open Board building, Madison, bet. Clark and La Salle.
Oriental Building, La Salle, bet. Washington and Madison.
Otis Block, corner Madison and La Salle.
Otis Building, corner State and Madison.
Palmer’s Dry Goods & Carpets, Lake Street Between Dearborn and Clark
Palmer House I, NE corner Wabash and Quincy
Pardee’s building, corner South Water and Fifth ave.
Park Row, Michigan venue near 16th Street
Phoenix Building, La Salle, bet. Randolph and Washington.
Plymouth Congregational Church (St. Mary’s Church), SE corner Wabash and Eldridge court.
Pomeroy’s building, No. 160 South Water.
Pope’s block, Madison, between Clark and La Salle.
Portland’s Block I, SE corner Dearborn and Washington
Post Office Building, Dearborn, between Madison and Monroe
Potter Palmer’s Dry Goods Store
Prairie Farmer Building, Monroe, between, Dearborn and Clark.
Printer’s Row Building, NE Corner La Salle and Randolph Streets.
Purple Block, corner North Clark and Ontario.
Raising of Chicago
Rand McNally & Co.
Raymond block, NW corner State and Madison.
Republic Life Building I, La Salle, between Madison and Monroe.
Revere House, NE corner Kinzie and Clark
Reynolds’ Block, SW corner Dearborn and Madison
Rice’s Building, 74 to 81 Dearborn.
Rice Theatres I and II
Richmond House, NW corner South Water and Michigan
Robbins Building I, SE Corner Wells and South Water Streets
Roger’s Barracks, SE corner of Wells and Monroe
Rush Medical College, Dearborn and Indiana
Julian Rumsey Mansion, Rush and Huron streets
Saddlers, Lake Street
Scammon’s Building, corner Randolph and Michigan ave.
Scammon School, Madison Between Hasted and Desplaines
Peter Schoenhofen Brewing Co., Canal Port and 18th Streets
Peter Schuttler Wagon Works,
Peter Schuttler’s Mansion, Corner Aberdeen and Adams streets
Second Baptist Church, SE corner of Morgan and Monroe streets
Second Presbyterian Church
Shepard’s Block I, SE corner Dearborn and Monroe
Sherman House I & II NW corner Clark and Randolph
Shreve Building, Washington, between Dearborn and Clark
Smith & Nixon Music Hall, SW corner of Clark and Washington streets
Southern Hotel, NW corner 22nd and Wabash – Not Burned
South Water Street
Speed’s Block, Dearborn. between Washington and Madison
Staats Zeitung building, Madison, bet. Dearborn and Clark.
Stanton & Co.
Steam’s building, Washington, bet. La Salle and Fifth ave.
Stearn’s Building, Washington, between LaSalle and Fifth Avenue
Steel’s block, corner La Salle and and South Water.
Stein’s “The City of Paris”, Clark street
Stewart House, NW corner State and Washington
St Ignatius College Prep
St. James’ Episcopal Church, Corner Huron and Cass
St. James Hotel, NW corner State and Washington
St. Mary’s Church,
St. Patrick’s Church, Desplaines and Adams
St. Paul’s Universalist Church, NW corner Wabash ave and Van Buren street
Stone’s Building, Madison, between Clark and La Salle.
Sugar Refinery, N. Water, East of Rush Street Bridge
Swartz Building, State Street, near Madison Street
Tappen’s Building, Randolph, near Dearborn
Taylor’s block, corner Franklin and South Water.
Terrace Row, Michigan, between Congress and Van Buren
Tremont House III
Turner’s Building, corner North State and Kinzie.
Turner Hall, Clark street near Chicago av.
Twenty-third Street Grounds, 23rd and State streets
Tyler block, La Salle, between Lake and South Water.
Uhlic block, North Clark, between Kinzie and Water.
Union Building, SW corner LaSalle and Washington
Union Pacific Day
Unity Church I
U.S. Express Office, NW corner Lake and Clark
U.S. Marine Hospitals, 4141 N Clarendon
Volk’s Marble Works, 197 Washington.
Wabash Ave Methodist Church, NW corner of Wabash avenue and Harrison street
Wabash Ice Rink
Wadsworth & Keep’s Marble Block, Corner Lake and Wabash
Walker’s block, Dearborn, between Lake and Randolph.
Walworth & Hubbard, Lake Street, between Wells and La Salle
John R. Walsh’s News Depot, SW corner of Madison and Dearborn Streets
Warner’s Block, 123 and 125 Randolph.
Washington’s Block, Clark, bet. Washington and Madison.
Washington Street Tunnel
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Ontario and Dearborn streets
Wheeler’s Block, corner Clark and South Water.
Wicker’s building, corner State and South Water.
Wigwam, SE corner of Lake and Market
Wood’s Museum, 115-117 Dearborn
Wright Brother’s Livery Stables, corner North State and Kinzie
Young America Hotel,Southeast corner Dearborn and Randolph
Young Men’s Association Library, NW corner Randolph and LaSalle
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