The Cable House

by Camellia July. 29, 2019 441 views

I've been spending my time doing two of my favorites things; walking and taking photographs. And of course the best place to do this type of activity is Chicago. For this particular trip I had several specific places in mind to peruse and photograph. But of course that does not mean that I would not stop along the way to shoot some street photography or some architectural photos or even some nature photos. Yes, even downtown Chicago gives rise to nature photography, as long as one keeps ones eyes open. I kept my eyes open!

I've walked around 9-15 miles a day (14-24 km) and have taken several hundred photos and with time hopefully I will share a few here. But for now I want to share a few photos of The Cable House that I stumbled upon by accident.

This house is located caddy corner from The Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

The Richard Driehaus Museum was created by one of Chicago's major philanthropists, fund manager, and businessman named Richard Herman Driehaus. The Driehaus Museum displays decorative arts of the Gilded Age and art nouveau eras in permanent and special exhibitions and is housed in the historic Chicago landmark, the 1887 Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion.

Driehaus restored the sooty black exterior of the mansion to its original buff-colored sandstone facade with a two-inch laser over 18 months—the first building in the United States to be restored with such technology, although the practice has been fairly common in Europe over the past 30 years. In doing so, chemicals were avoided and the intricate details could be cleaned evenly.. The Nickerson Mansion received the Chicago Landmark Awards for Preservation Excellence in 2008 upon completion of the restoration.

The museum is furnished with period furniture and decorative objects from Driehaus' collection to help visitors imagine how the Nickersons would have entertained and lived.(source)

After taking a picture of the outside of the museum, from across the street, and realizing that no matter what I did, short from standing in the middle of the street, I would not be able to get the best perspective of this enormous building ( when you walk a lot, you travel light therefor, no extra wide angle lenses) I turned around and saw this building with its intricate design. Naturally I had to go up close to see what it was.

This was The Cable House designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, built for Ransom R. Cable, the President of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company.

In 1902, the house was purchased by Robert Hall McCormick for his son, Robert Hall McCormick III who was head of the McCormick Estate. He lived there with his family until 1926 when it was sold and became a funeral home.

Presently the house is occupied by the offices of Driehaus Capital Management, which is operated by Chicago financier, preservationist and philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus (source).

Do you see the connection between the museum and this house?

While the front side of the building got my attention, it is what I saw on the side courtyard that really gave the WOW factor.

The area is gated with no access so I had to squeeze my camera between the railing to take some of the pictures.

While doing some of the research on this location I found out that Driehaus is also a car fanatic, with as many as 40 in his collection of 1930s, '40s and '50s classics, which he stores at Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage and occasionally rotates/displays one in this courtyard.

This is definitely going to be a location that I will visit again, hopefully this time more prepared and with the right equipment.

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Lee Santiva 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Great captures! The green car wasn‘t there when I was in Chicago in early May probably only gets driven in nice weather 😀

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Camellia Replied to Lee Santiva 1 month, 3 weeks ago

They rotate the cars when the weather allows.

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Buster Bruce 1 month, 3 weeks ago

One of your best!

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Camellia Replied to Buster Bruce 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much smile

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Andi Saw 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Great job Camellia!!! 
I absolutely LOVE this house! blue heart

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Camellia Replied to Andi Saw 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you. There are so many of these houses in Chicago, one must step out of the beaten path to find them smile

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Heike 1 month, 3 weeks ago

The courtyard is already a dream and the beautiful car is the ice on the cake!

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Camellia Replied to Heike 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I know. There were several other people who had been strolling and came upon this place and all gasped. It truly is marvel. I didn't go inside because obviously I don't have a business reason, but I did see on the internet that the inside is just as beautiful.

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Bethany Plonski 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Wow! A beautiful place and your photos are fantastic. I'm not a car person, but the style and color of that one is so perfect in this set!

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Camellia Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I know it matches the gutters and all. smile

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Lynn F Medley 1 month, 3 weeks ago

What fun you have! Beautiful series!

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Camellia Replied to Lynn F Medley 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you Lynn smile

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Russell Smith 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Beautiful series and I love the architecture of the buildings.

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Camellia Replied to Russell Smith 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Me too. I definitely is going to be on my route next time I am in Chicago..

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Berckmans Peter 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Great architecture very well captured and so clear. That car is a dream

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Camellia Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I know it is a gorgeous car.The color is amazing.

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Antonio Gil 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Love the resolution and clarity of these images. Great Gatsby comes to mind looking at this beautiful Pierce Arrow

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Camellia Replied to Antonio Gil 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I agree Great Gatsby it is smile

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Jay Boggess 1 month, 3 weeks ago

WOW! 
What a kool find! 
Great camera work on this hidden gem! 
I've never seen a Pierce Arrow before!
Thank You!

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Camellia Replied to Jay Boggess 1 month, 3 weeks ago

My pleasure smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia 1 month, 3 weeks ago

grinning

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