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about Prairie Avenue is this
"Images of America" book by
William H. Tyre.
The real life locale of much of the action in Seance in Sepia is a storied street in Chicago called Prairie Avenue. In 1875, the year my novel takes place, Prairie Avenue was the finest address one could hope to claim in that city. Chicago's elite all built mansions there after the Great Fire of 1871 destroyed much of the city center.
Household names like Marshall Fields, of department store fame, Phillip Armour of meatpacking renown, and George Pullman of the train cars carrying his name, are just three of the millionaires who built mansions there which eventually totaled fifty in number. Those built during the 1870's and 80's were styled in the manner the Second Empire with mansard roofs.
The elegance of Victorian Chicago can be experienced or at least imagined there.
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