Life Span: ~1850-1866
Chicago Tribune, April 9, 1859
STREET IMPROVEMENTS.—We noticed that South Wells street is being filled to grade, also on Market street that area walls are being put in.
On Randolph street two large brick blocks, the Clarendon House, near Wells, and the east, adjoining the Briggs House, are being raised to grade.
Chicago Post, January 9, 1866
The past few days, or rather nights, have been alarmingly prolific of fires, almost every morning bringing with it the intelligence that one or more blocks have been destroyed, and that stores filled with all kinds of merchandise have been completely gutted. Suspicions of incendiarism have been entertained in connection with many of these destructive conflagrations, and in some instances where the fire has been extinguished ere it had attained full strength the traces of the incendiary have been clearly seen. The fire brigade has been kept extremely active, and Mr. U.P. Harris chafes impatiently in his forced retirement from active duty, while his men have labored, night and day, battling with the destroying element in all parts of the city.
Fire on Randolph Street.