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Life Span: 1873-1892
Location: Northeast corner of State and Randolph Streets
Architect: Dixon & Hamilton
Industrial Chicago, The Building Interests, 1891
The Windett building, which occupied the site of the new Masonic Temple, was erected after the fire in the Renaissance style. The owner mortgaged this property to the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company at the time of building. The insurance company, through the United States court, foreclosed the mortgage and secured possession of the property. Later the company sold it to the West Division Street Railway Company, which company leased it to the Chicago City Railway Company. Windett brought suit in the circuit court of Cook county to redeem this property, claiming that the insurance company had not properly advertised the foreclosure sale, and also that said company had agreed to extend the time at a reduced rate of interest. The circuit court decided against Windett, and he appealed to the appellate court. Again he lost his case, and then he took it up to the State supreme court, and on October 31, 1880, that tribunal filed an opinion confirming the decision of the lower courts. The suit of Frank Bay for the specific carrying out of the contract to sell the property to him, made by C. T. Yerkes, ensued, and ultimately it became the property of the Masonic Temple association. In 1891 the work of constructing the Temple was entered upon, as related in the pages devoted to modern buildings.
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