The History of the John & Clara Merchant House

Original Draft Sketch from 1869Woodward's National Architect Home Catalog

Property History

This property was originally part of a large plot of farmland within Jefferson Township owned by businessman, farmer, and Cook County Sheriff John Gray. Gray began developing his land as "Grayland" which bordered another development known as Irving Park. 

When the settlement of Grayland was being subdivided in 1872, John Gray deeded portions of the land to his children.

Additional Irving Park History at the Old Irving Park Association

All information is provided courtesy of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks Landmark Designation Report, 2008.