Pabst Mansion Chicago, The House That Harlem Built

pabst1The Pabst’s Harlem Restaurant And Dance Hall was erected in Harlem, NY in 1900, it was opened by Captain Frederick Pabst founder of the Pabst Brewing Company as part of a nationwide program for promoting its beer.

pabst2Fast forward, after the end of Prohibition, 1936 was a good year for the Pabst Brewing Company and its president, Harris Perlstein, hired architect William Pereira to design his family mansion on two acres in the peaceful lakefront Glencoe bedroom community – 20 miles north of Chicago. Though the Pabst Company headquarters have bounced around from its origin in Milwaukee in 1844 to Chicago, back to Milwaukee and now in Los Angeles, it has had a tumultuous history, surviving Prohibition by switching to cheese sales and a hostile takeover and undergone dramatic transformations to become the country’s fastest growing beer brand in the early 2000s.  Though a number of Pabst mansions exist in various parts of the country depending on the company’s owner at the time, it is the Glencoe mansion built by Perlstein that is currently for sale.

pabst3Pabst Manor rests on over two lushly landscaped acres only a few blocks from a wide beach on Lake Michigan, boutique shops in the village, parks, recreation, the acclaimed Writers Theatre and is home to the Chicago Botanic Gardens. At 14,364 square feet, the Georgian-style mansion includes eight bedrooms, twelve baths, formal rooms, library with original walnut paneling and built-ins, media room, game room, updated cook’s eat-in kitchen, sun room, large recreation/game room, elevator and multiple fireplaces throughout.  Outdoor recreation includes a large swimming pool and secluded sports court.  The large renovated coach house has a four-car heated garage.  Wendy Friedlich of @Properties is the listing agent. Previously priced at $6.3 million, the price has recently been reduced to $4.595 million.


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