Winnetka Mansion Headed for Demolition

The lakefront mansion at 1175 Whitebridge Hill Rd., served as a hospital during the 1860 Lady Elgin disaster. Winnetka’s Landmark Preservation Commission is expected to discuss demolition permit application for the property at its January meeting.

A Winnetka lakefront mansion that ranked among the most expensive homes sold in 2010 could be bulldozed to make way for a new home scheduled for completion in May 2015, Chicago Tribune reported. 

The historic home at 1175 Whitebridge Hill Rd., Winnetka — which served as a makeshift hospital during the Lady Elgin steamer wreck, when about 300 out of the 400 people aboard died in 1860 — looks like it’s set to join a list of other demolished properties, such as Winnetka Woman’s Club, as demolition permits in Winnetka are on the rise, Chicago Tribune reported. 

The 7,600-square-foot lakefront mansion with five bedrooms and five bathrooms was sold for $6.5 million in December 2010, according to Zillow.com.

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Mark Braun December 20, 2012 at 10:22 PM
The house at the time was the "Lyman Gage House". The First Mate of the Lady Elgin climbed the cliff and warned of the disaster from this house. It was not used as a hospital, but was important to the Lady Elgin disaster as it was from this house that Winnetka, Kenilworth, Wilmette, & Evanston became aware of the sinking and went to the aid. Lyman Gage was also a Civil War soldier with the 15th Illinois Infantry, fighting with them at Shiloh. This is a historically significant house.
Chi-an Chang December 21, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Hi Mark, Thanks for sharing more about the historical significance of the house. Best, Chi-an


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