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Once the largest private residence in Chicago, Bertha and Potter Palmer’s home was one of the first to be built on the city’s famed Gold Coast along the shores of Lake Michigan. Erected in 1885 and torn down in 1950, the Romanesque mansion featured an 80-foot central spiral staircase and a collection of masterpieces by artists like Degas and Picasso. Many of these works now reside at the Art Institute of Chicago.
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