Clybourn Avenue’s “Castle”

architecture Chicago near Webster Theater

Well here is another treasure I found during my travels around Chicago!  I was in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago yesterday and stumbled upon this very interesting piece of architecture!  The first thing I thought was, “Wow, this part of the building is very ‘castle-like’!  It looks as if there is a new café opening soon in this interesting structure.

Do you see the, “A.C. Baumann” lettering closer to the top of the structure? I had to find out who this person was!  After a little research, it turns out that this person was a Chicago real estate pioneer who purchased the building after its completion in 1887.  Having arrived several decades earlier from Germany, one can see why he chose this ‘castle’ design; it no doubt loosely reminded him of the (albeit, grander) castles adorning Germany’s landscape.  Despite the fact “August Baumann” never lived in the building, I suppose he felt it fitting to ‘claim the tower’ with some personal lettering for posterity.  Or perhaps he was an early adopter of the “label maker”.  You know the one I am referring to, don’t you?  If you own it, label it; in case it goes missing.  I mean, sometimes buildings have been known to simply wander off never to be claimed by their owner, lest they are labeled.

Silly Sunday; (I think I’m the only one grinning at the moment, but that’s okay.  Laughing at myself is something I full heartedly do quite often)!

I hope your day is filled with fun, frivolity, and for heaven’s sakes, please do not forget to label your abode (or anything else, for that matter).

  18 comments for “Clybourn Avenue’s “Castle”

  1. Heartafire
    April 24, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Wonderful photograph, I adore Chicago. My husbands family migrated there from Germany many years ago, this brings many memories of my first visits to Chicago.

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    • April 24, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Oh that is so lovely to hear! Yes, I love Chicago too! Thank you my dear! And I am so happy that this photo brings back memories of your first visits to Chicago! Yeay! Cher xo

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  2. April 24, 2016 at 11:03 am

    It is always an adventure to research then imagine these people in the building and going about their lives. Beautiful building

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    • April 24, 2016 at 11:06 am

      *big hugs to you my dear* Oh yes, I love to do that, envisioning their trip to the bakery, walking the dog, and everything else that would be the ‘norm’ for 1887, etc. I think when the café opens I must take a peek inside! Cher xo

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  3. Mr. Militant Negro
    April 24, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.


  4. April 25, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    What a treasure of a building! I live in Cincinnati, a city known for its German heritage and many well preserved buildings in its “Over the Rhine” district, but your building is truly unique. I look forward to seeing your interior pix.

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    • April 25, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Why thank you so much! Ah, do you? I bet the buildings in Cincinnati are incredible! I post quite a bit about the architecture here in Chicago! (Frank Lloyd Wright Series, Bertram Goldberg, and those unknown architects who are simply incredible! I look forward to posting the interior pix! Thanks so much and please do stop by the blog anytime! Cher 🙂

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  5. April 25, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    I was grinning too.

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    • April 25, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      I love that, Hilary! 🙂 🙂 Cher xo


  6. April 27, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    I emitted a few “ooohhhs & ahhhhs” when I saw this special gem! We have two very similar structures in Paris, depicting exact round replicas! One, being a very old Penmarvian Home & a Presbyterian Church. I will definitely have to post some buildings from around here!! Thanks for sharing Cher!

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    • April 28, 2016 at 7:08 am

      Hi dearie! Isn’t it cool? Oh do you? Please post some photos of those buildings on your blog! We’d absolutely love to see them! Thank you, my dear Quiche!! Cher xo


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