Lincoln Park mansion built for Titanic survivor now open for public tours

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CHICAGO — A mansion originally built for a family that survived the Titanic disaster is now open for public tours.

It was a renovation project that spanned four and a half years. With the help of 40 top Chicago-area designers working their magic in each space, the result is top-to-bottom, a feast of vibrant colors, textures, stunning light fixtures, and thoughtful design.

Leigh-Anne Kazma is an investor behind Adler on the Park Showcase House for Charity. At 2700 North Lakeview in Lincoln Park, there’s a lot of history.

“It’s a David Adler house, a historic house now here in Chicago,” Kazma said. “It was built in the early 1900s. Emily Ryerson was a Titanic survivor and she commissioned David Adler to build this townhouse.

The house has been split into two multi-million dollar luxury residences and is now up for sale.

“The first unit is much more historical. We have a lot of original moldings, original stairs, original stairs,” Kazma said. “Unit two is a bit more contemporary.”

The house is open to the public for tours every weekend until the end of this month.

Tickets are $65, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit two Chicago charities: the Big Shoulders Fund and Thresholds, which was previously housed in the historic building.

“I think we have something for everyone, for history buffs, architecture enthusiasts, interior design enthusiasts and charitable people,” Kazma said. “It’s really exciting and I’m excited to share it with everyone for sure.”

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