Investment Banker’s North Side Home Proposed for Landmark Status

December 18, 2019

A 19th century Queen Anne style home in the Irving Park community would be designated an official Chicago landmark under a proposal submitted to City Council today.

Completed in 1892 for investment banker John Nuveen by architect Clarence H. Tabor, the two-and-a-half story building at 3916 N. Tripp Ave. is notable for its irregular roofline, corner tower with pyramidal roof, projecting bays, large front porch, and ornamentation.

Nuveen, a German immigrant, lived at the residence with his mother and sister for three years. In 1898, he left the wholesale grocery business to form John Nuveen & Co., which became a major underwriter of municipal bonds issued by states and local governments to fund infrastructure improvements across the nation. In Chicago, the firm helped finance improvements to Washington and Jackson Parks and the construction of Wacker Drive.

The property received a final recommendation for landmark status by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks in November 2019.

The designation would protect the building’s exterior and rooflines from significant alteration or demolition.


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