Business: History of a Home

Potter Palmer's greatest contributions to U. S. social history were the silver dollar motif for barroom floors and his Chicago home at No. 1350 Lake Shore Drive.* Last week, after a lapse of three years, the great castellated pile that he plunked down on a sand dune in 1882 was repossessed by his family.

Potter Palmer built his mansion for Mrs. Bertha Honore Palmer, a Kentucky belle, out of a fortune he had made in the dry-goods business and plowed back into a mile of State Street real estate. In its day it...

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