John Drake (1872–1964)

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John Burroughs Drake
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Born 1872
Chicago
Died 1964
Tampa, FL[1]
Occupation Hotelier
Spouse(s) Jessie
Children John B. III, William McClellan, Elizabeth, and Katherine
Parents John Burroughs Drake (1826–1895) & Josephine C. Corey

John Burroughs Drake (1872–1964) and his brother Tracy Drake were the developers and proprietors of the Blackstone Hotel and Drake Hotel,[2] which are both located along Michigan Avenue in Chicago, IL. The former is located in the Chicago Landmark Historic Michigan Boulevard District and the latter along the Magnificent Mile. Their father John Drake had been a business partner of Timothy Blackstone.

The brothers acquired the property for the Drake Hotel from the estate of Potter Palmer in 1916 after it gave up on the idea of building a hotel itself.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Berger, Miles L., "They Built Chicago: Entrepreneurs Who Shaped a Great City's Architecture," Bonus Books, Inc., Chicago, 1992, p. 159., ISBN.
  2. ^ Berger, Miles L., "They Built Chicago: Entrepreneurs Who Shaped a Great City's Architecture," Bonus Books, Inc., Chicago, 1992, p. 152., ISBN 0-929387-76-7.
  3. ^ Stamper, John W., "Chicago's North Michigan Avenue," pp. 118–122, The University of Chicago Press, 1991, ISBN 0-226-77085-0.