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Jean Baptiste Beaubien

 
 
Jean Baptiste Beaubien Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2014
1. Jean Baptiste Beaubien Marker
Inscription.
On this site, then the lake shore, Jean Baptiste Beaubien, Chicago's second civilian, in 1817, built a “mansion” to which he brought his bride, Josette LaFramboise. It remained their home until 1845.
 
Erected 1937 by Chicago's Charter Jubilee.
 
Location. 41° 53.051′ N, 87° 37.481′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker is at the intersection of North Michigan Avenue and East Randolph Street, on the right when traveling south on North Michigan Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chicago IL 60602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Sisters of Mercy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carbide and Carbon Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); 333 North Michigan Building (approx. ¼ mile away); South Water Street (approx. ¼ mile away); Old Fort Dearborn (approx. ¼ mile away); Palmer House Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Dearborn (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Fort Dearborn (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chicago.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Chicago Cultural Center image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 9, 2014
2. Chicago Cultural Center
Jean Baptiste Beaubien Marker<br>& The GAR Cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 12, 2016
3. Jean Baptiste Beaubien Marker
& The GAR Cornerstone
1893
Grand Army
of the
Repvblic
Cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 13, 2016
4. Cornerstone
The Chicago Pvblic Library MDCCCXCII,(1892)
The Chicago Cultural Center<br>Formerly the Chicago Public Library<br>& GAR Hall image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 13, 2016
5. The Chicago Cultural Center
Formerly the Chicago Public Library
& GAR Hall
“The Chicago Public Library was established in 1872, after British citizens (including Queen Victoria) sent a care package of thousands of books to our famously burned-out town. The library collection was initially kept in a water tank on LaSalle Street, and then in a series of temporary quarters. In 1883 the City Council picked a plot of land, on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Randolph, as its future site. Then a small park, the plot was already historic—it had once been the home of early Chicago settler Jean Baptiste Beaubien. It was also contested: the state legislature gave a Civil War veterans' group part of it as the site for a memorial hall. The dispute, which went to court, ended in an agreement that the building would be shared, split into one part library, one part Grand Army of the Republic War Memorial.” — Deanna Isaacs, A vanity plate for the Chicago Cultural Center?, The Chicago Reader, December 30, 2013.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 431 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on November 28, 2016.
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