Then and Now, Ritchie-Goethe

1919--Ritchie Court @ Goethe Street, view north

1919–Ritchie Court @ Goethe Street, view north

2017--the same location

2017–the same location

In 1885 Potter Palmer built a mansion at 1350 North Lake Shore Drive.  Following his lead, most of Chicago’s wealthy elite abandoned Prairie Avenue and settled on the Near North Side, with the area becoming known as the Gold Coast.  A turret from Palmer’s “castle” can been seen in right background of the older photo.

Palmer’s mansion was replaced by a high-rise apartment building in 1950.  Many of the old Gold Coast mansions and townhouses have met a similar fate, though a few still survive here on Ritchie Court.  All these years and all these changes later, Mr. Palmer’s neighborhood remains the city’s toniest.

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