Chicago Landmarks

Kent House

Exterior circa 1885, by J.W. Taylor     Address: 2944 S. Michigan Ave.
Year Built: 1883
Architect: Burnham & Root
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: March 18, 1987

Dining Room, circa 1885 The generous window openings and the sculptured qualities of masonry materials are a precursor to the firm's later designs, such as the Rookery and Monadnock buildings. This residence, one of the few remaining mansions on this portion of South Michigan Avenue, was built for Sidney A. Kent, a founder of the Chicago Union Stock Yard Company. The building's second owner was John "Bet A Million" Gates, who was as well known for his gambling exploits as for his business skills in the barbed wire industry.