Noble-Seymour-Crippen House

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Noble-Seymour-Crippen House
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Noble-Seymour-Crippen House
Noble-Seymour-Crippen House is located in Illinois
Noble-Seymour-Crippen House
Location 5622-5624 N. Newark Ave., Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°59′1″N 87°47′45.5″W / 41.98361°N 87.795972°W / 41.98361; -87.795972Coordinates: 41°59′1″N 87°47′45.5″W / 41.98361°N 87.795972°W / 41.98361; -87.795972
Built 1833
Architectural style Italianate
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 00000950[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 10, 2000
Designated CL May 11, 1988

The Noble-Seymour-Crippen House is a mansion located at 5624 North Newark Avenue in Chicago's Norwood Park community area. Its southern wing, built in 1833, is widely considered the oldest existing building in Chicago.[2]

The southern wing of the mansion was originally used as a farmhouse by Mark Noble, Sr., an English immigrant. In 1868, Thomas Hartley Seymour of the Chicago Board of Trade purchased the house and surrounding land, adding an Italianate style northern wing to accommodate his large family and their servants. The family lived at the site until 1916, when they sold it to Stuart and Charlotte Allen Crippen, a concert pianist and an actress. During the 1920s, the Crippens installed indoor plumbing and electricity and added a second stairway to the Noble wing. The Crippen children and grandchildren sold the building to the Norwood Park Historical Society in 1987.[3]

The Noble-Seymour-Crippen House received Chicago Landmark status on May 11, 1988.[2] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 10, 2000.[4] Since 1998, the building has served as a museum and community center.[3]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b Noble-Seymour-Crippen House, City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division (2003). Retrieved on 2007-05-14.
  3. ^ a b Bill Cuniff, "First Norwood Park house open for Saturday tours." Chicago Sun-Times. 1998-01-16. Homelife, p. 8.
  4. ^ National Register of Historical Places - Illinois (IL), Cook County. National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-05-14.

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