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Mills van Osdel
In 1836, William B.
Odgen, Chicagos first mayor,
brought Van Osdel from New York to design
Odgens home on the southeast corner of Wabash
Avenue and Erie Street. Despite the financial panic
of 1837, Van Osdel worked continuously, building
the first two grain-trade vessels in Chicago, the first
bridge across the North Branch of the Chicago River (1838), and pumps for
moving water along the Illinois and Michigan Canal. In 1844, Van Osdel
founded the first architecture firm in Chicago, and designed the First Baptist
Church and Rush Medical College (both 1844), the first city hall (1848),
the Tremont House (1850).
Most of Van Osdels
work has been demolished, except for the cast-iron north
facade of the Page Brothers Building at State and Lake Streets (1872).
Van Osdel lived at 2310
South Indiana Avenue.