Address: 2944 S. Michigan Ave. Year Built:
Burnham & Root
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark:
March 18, 1987
The generous window openings and the sculptured qualities of masonry materials are a precursor to the firm's later designs, such as the Rookery and Monadnock buildings. This residence, one of the few remaining mansions on this portion of South Michigan Avenue, was built for Sidney A. Kent, a founder of the Chicago Union Stock Yard Company. The building's second owner was John "Bet A Million" Gates, who was as well known for his gambling exploits as for his business skills in the barbed wire industry.