Chicago Housing

Chicago Housing

Chicago Housing
Conservation Area Problems 1:4:5
II: Buildings and Grounds
An elderly woman recluse and an invalid brother whom she tried to rescue perished when flames swept their ornate Victorian home. Firemen discovered Miss Calista Pratt, 70, and her brother, Richard, 80 suffocated in a second floor hallway. Their sister, Jeanette, 63, also described as a recluse by neighbors, was rescued by firemen who found her running through the first floor carrying a heavy antique vase filled with water to fight the flames. Jeanette said she rose shortly after midnight and saw a piece of paper burning on a hotplate in her brother’s second floor room. Firemen said the Pratt home, a rambling two-story frame dwelling built at the time of the 1893 Columbian Exposition, was filled with costly antiques, including rare candelabra, statuary, paintings and bric-a-brac. The sisters and brother were thought to be part of a once wealthy family that lost heavily in the 1929 crash.
Pratt, Calista, died 1948 | Pratt, Richard, died 1948 | Pratt, Jeanette | Fires--Casualties | Fires
Mead, Mildred LaDue, 1910-2001
Photographic prints; 19.3 x 24.0 cm
1228 E. 57th Street | Chicago, Illinois
Archival Photographic Files. Addenda. Mildred Mead Photographs
University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center

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