Urn adornment from pre-Chicago Fire Cook County Courthouse - Elmhurst, IL
Posted by: adgorn
N 41° 53.680 W 087° 56.662
16T E 421660 N 4638512
Quick Description: 1870 landmark in Wilder Park, marked by the Elmhurst Bicenntennial Commission and the Martha Ibbetson Chapter of the NSDAR.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 4/20/2008 9:32:37 AM
Waymark Code: WM3MBZ
In 1835, at the northeast corner of Clark & Randolph Streets in Chicago, stood Chicago's first courthouse. Chicagoans demanded a far grander county courthouse and city hall as the city's population swelled over 30,000. The answer was a tall two-story building erected in 1853 from plans by John M. Van Osdel, Chicago's first architect. It stood in the center of the block bounded by Randolph, Clark, Washington, and LaSalle Streets, the site of all future Chicago city halls. It was the bell atop this building that sounded the alarm of the Great Fire of 1871, until the building itself was consumed. All county records from the inception of the city to that date were lost.
sunrise - sunset
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Original photographs showing additional views of the Ruin/Remnant or even just its current condition are encouraged. Please describe your visit, especially if no additional photos are available. Did you like the Ruin or Remnant? What prompted you to see the Ruin or Remnant?