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Tremont House Hotel

Photo credit: Chicago History Museum
Tremont House Hotel Photo credit: Chicago History Museum

One of Chicago’s earliest and most famous hotels, the fashionable Tremont House burned down and was rebuilt twice. The building shown here — which replaced an earlier simple wooden structure — was famously elevated 4½ feet , without interrupting its business, after the city decided to raise the level of the streets. It was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1871.

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