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Shepard Block I 1869 – 1871
Location: SE corner of Dearborn and Monroe Streets
Architect: F. & E. Baumann
The Land Owner, January, 1872
THE SHEPARD BLOCK—THE BURNT OFFICE OF THE LAND OWNER.
We give an illustration of the Shepard Block, at the corner of Monroe and Dearborn streets, destroyed in the fire, where the office of The Land Owner was so comfortably located, and where we had hoped to continue for many years in the service of land men and the general public. It will be familiar to all our friends who so often visited us there. Nothing remains but an immense pile of debris, which will be removed, however, early in the Spring, when Mr. Shepard will rebuild the block. This office was standing long after the post office, on the opposite corner, was gutted, the Honore blocks, directly opposite, were both down, and The Tribune’s fire proof had succumbed to the flames, before this edifice fell. Had the fire not been so intensely hot and sweeping, much of our material might have been saved. Mr. Geo. W. Sparks, cashier of The Land Owner, exerted himself in a very praiseworthy manner, showing great presence of mind. He carried the elegant private library of our Mr. J. M. Wing, consisting of over one thousand volumes, out into the vacant lot adjoining on the south, where it was consumed; but our books of account and subscription books he managed to get beyond the reach of fire, and saved them. This building went down about seven o’clock on the fatal Monday, its front wall falling directly across the street.
A. Vail & Son, real estate, on the second floor appear to have been enterprising subdividers. Perry & Crapo, merchant tailors, had an establishment on the ground floor. Small frame dwellings still lingered at the corner of Adams Street.
Photographer: Charles R. Clark
Launched in 1869 by John M. Wing, with offices in the Shepard Block, The Land Owner was devoted to landed interests, building, and improvement. Its illustrations documented many of the Chicago region’s most substantial real estate and technological developments. The publication ceased in 1877.
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1870 Chicago Directory