Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Chain of Lakes' Mineola Hotel-- Part 2: Beautiful Veranda for CBOT Members

The Mineola's land was purchased in the 1880s for the purpose of building a private hunting club for use by members of the Chicago Board of Trade.

It was built entirely of wood and contained 100 rooms and at the time was recognized as the largest wooden building in Illinois.  Its wide veranda is believed to have been designed by architects Alphonse Howe and Charles Caskey who also designed the famed Grande Hotel on Mackinac Island.

The building itself is a frame three-story structure, 225 feet in length with a square tower rising three stories above the entrance on the second level.    Hipped dormers ran the length of the roof on either side of the tower,

The veranda ran the length of the building and was one of the best spots as guests could sit and relax while enjoying drinks and the view.


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