A residence that is part of Chicago’s dark history has landed on the real estate market in the Windy City for $2.4 million.
The Bellinger House, a four-bedroom, four-bathroom home in Lincoln Park’s Mid-North district, was built in 1869, two years before the Great Chicago Fire ravaged the city, destroying about 3.3 miles and killing 300 people. The property was “one of the three north side houses that survived,” the listing on Realtor.com says.
The house was saved by a police officer named Richard Bellinger, who first wet down the house with water before turning to his store of cider after running out, GreatChicagoFire.org said.
Features of the residence include:
The house was designed by architect W.W. Boyington, who went on be the mayor of Highland Park when he relocated there after the fire, the Chicago Tribune reported.
“It’s a unique house to Chicago and a really unique house to the Lincoln Park neighborhood,” listing agent Bette Bleeker told the New York Post. “The history, of course, is a nice little story to have about the house.”