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Well here is another treasure I found during my travels around Chicago!  I was in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago yesterday and stumbled upon this very interesting piece of architecture!  The first thing I thought was, “Wow, this part of the building is very ‘castle-like’!  It looks as if there is a new café opening soon in this interesting structure.

Do you see the, “A.C. Baumann” lettering closer to the top of the structure? I had to find out who this person was!  After a little research, it turns out that this person was a Chicago real estate pioneer who purchased the building after its completion in 1887.  Having arrived several decades earlier from Germany, one can see why he chose this ‘castle’ design; it no doubt loosely reminded him of the (albeit, grander) castles adorning Germany’s landscape.  Despite the fact “August Baumann” never lived in the building, I suppose he felt it fitting to ‘claim the tower’ with some personal lettering for posterity.  Or perhaps he was an early adopter of the “label maker”.  You know the one I am referring to, don’t you?  If you own it, label it; in case it goes missing.  I mean, sometimes buildings have been known to simply wander off never to be claimed by their owner, lest they are labeled.

Silly Sunday; (I think I’m the only one grinning at the moment, but that’s okay.  Laughing at myself is something I full heartedly do quite often)!

I hope your day is filled with fun, frivolity, and for heaven’s sakes, please do not forget to label your abode (or anything else, for that matter).

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18 thoughts on “Clybourn Avenue’s “Castle”

  1. Heartafire says:

    Wonderful photograph, I adore Chicago. My husbands family migrated there from Germany many years ago, this brings many memories of my first visits to Chicago.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Oh that is so lovely to hear! Yes, I love Chicago too! Thank you my dear! And I am so happy that this photo brings back memories of your first visits to Chicago! Yeay! Cher xo

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      1. Heartafire says:

        XO. Great post!

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Thank you my dear! Cher xo

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  2. It is always an adventure to research then imagine these people in the building and going about their lives. Beautiful building

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *big hugs to you my dear* Oh yes, I love to do that, envisioning their trip to the bakery, walking the dog, and everything else that would be the ‘norm’ for 1887, etc. I think when the café opens I must take a peek inside! Cher xo

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      1. Yes do take a peek and bring your camera. I would be curious to see what it is like inside

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        I will take photos and post them for sure my dear! Cher xo

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  3. mistermuse says:

    What a treasure of a building! I live in Cincinnati, a city known for its German heritage and many well preserved buildings in its “Over the Rhine” district, but your building is truly unique. I look forward to seeing your interior pix.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Why thank you so much! Ah, do you? I bet the buildings in Cincinnati are incredible! I post quite a bit about the architecture here in Chicago! (Frank Lloyd Wright Series, Bertram Goldberg, and those unknown architects who are simply incredible! I look forward to posting the interior pix! Thanks so much and please do stop by the blog anytime! Cher 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      I love that, Hilary! 🙂 🙂 Cher xo

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  4. Quiche says:

    I emitted a few “ooohhhs & ahhhhs” when I saw this special gem! We have two very similar structures in Paris, depicting exact round replicas! One, being a very old Penmarvian Home & a Presbyterian Church. I will definitely have to post some buildings from around here!! Thanks for sharing Cher!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi dearie! Isn’t it cool? Oh do you? Please post some photos of those buildings on your blog! We’d absolutely love to see them! Thank you, my dear Quiche!! Cher xo

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