Washington Porter's Museum
Submitted by jack on Wed, 2014-11-12 10:48
I'm researching "Washington Porter's Museum and Kiosk" which was located at 4044 S. Oakenwald. If anyone has information about it, I'd appreciate hearing from you.
On September 18, 1957, the Chicago Tribune reported on the final demolition of the Museum: Begin Razing Fabled Kiosk Sphinx Tower
The First Demolition Blow was struck Yesterday against the 150 foot steel tower of Kiosk Sphinx, fabled home built by Wasthington Porter II at 4044 Oakenwald Av. The $350,000 "museum" with its round, square, octogonal and crescent shaped sections is being razed to make way for Chicago housing authority apartment building. The tower was built by Porter, onetime society figure, as a site from which his guests could watch the World's Fair of 1933.
Charles Cushman photographed this structure in 1949: http://purl.dlib.indiana.edu/iudl/archives/cushman/P04232