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Oldest house in city -- Clarke House -- marks 175 years

5-11-10 Clarke House Museum. 1827 S. IndianAvenue. Chicago Illinois. Exterior views Clarke House Museum Chicago's Oldest House Built 1836.

5-11-10 Clarke House Museum. 1827 S. Indiana Avenue. Chicago, Illinois. Exterior views of the Clarke House Museum, Chicago's Oldest House, Built in 1836. Photo by Scott Stewart/Sun-Times

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Updated: November 9, 2011 10:52AM

Chicago’s Clarke House has survived several fires and a couple of moves. Now, preservationists overseeing the city’s oldest surviving building are gearing up for its 175th anniversary.

Clarke House was built in 1836 for Henry Brown Clarke and his wife Caroline. The Clarke family moved from New York the year before to construct a new home in a new city on the prairie.

The home is regarded as one of the best remaining examples of Greek Revival style architecture in the Midwest. It is designated a historical landmark.

After two relocations, Clarke House is now in the Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens in the South Loop. It’s not far from its original location.

To mark the anniversary, special lectures, tours and other events will take place Sept. 28 to Oct. 1. AP

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