Home that survived the Great Chicago Fire listed on the market for $2.39 million – NBC Chicago
A Lincoln Park home, one of only three North Side homes to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, is up for sale at $2.39 million.
Located at 2121 N. Hudson Ave., the four-bedroom, four-bathroom cottage hit the market last month.
The residence built in 1869 features original designs by William Boyington, the architect behind many city buildings, including the Water Tower and the Chicago Board of Trade Building.
The chalet has since undergone major transformations. In its latest listing from 2005, the house consisted of a two-bedroom, three-bathroom layout. Now it totals 3,650 square feet and stands on a 46-foot lot.
Despite its expansion, the building still retains elements of its original design. A wide exterior staircase remains, as do the original carpentry clapboards carved with details, according to the inscription.
So here comes the burning question: how did the house survive the fire that lasted for several days?
According to The Great Chicago Fire & The Web of Memory, former owner Richard Bellinger flooded the house with water until he ran out and doused it with cider. The story also goes that Bellinger removed the dry leaves from the property and extinguished the sparks when they landed.