Berger Park History and the Chicago Lake Shore

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Berger Park Cultural Center

The Downey Mansion built in 1906 at a cost of $20,000 was designed by Architect W.C Zimmerman and is a perfect example of a Prairie Style home.

The Downey’s who came for Ireland in 1856 and was on the Board of Education and Work for Public Works lived in the mansion until 1934. Upon Mrs. Downey’s death in 1934 the house was donated to the Clerics St Viator in 1944.

The property consists of 3.5 acres and fell to hard times and in 1979 it was a proposed site for a high rise apartment building. The Edgewater Community Council and other residents in the community lobbied to prevent this from happening and the Chicago Park District purchased the property in 1981.

The acquisition of this property by Chicago Park District includes 450 feet of lakefront and includes the Downey Mansion and the Gunder Mansion along with 2 coach houses.

If you wish to visit Berger Park take the 151 or 147 Bus line on Sheridan Road and get off at Granville Street. The mansion address is 6205 and 6219 N Sheridan Road.


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