James Charnley

Charnley-Persky House

There’s an unusual building in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. It’s simple compared to its historic neighbors and ornate compared to more recent construction. The building is unique, and its story involves introverts, embezzlement and suicides, towering egos, stolen (or “borrowed”) credit, and philanthropy. James Charnley was more enigmatic than most of Chicago’s historical figures. The …

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