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The Givins Castle

Beverly Unitarian Church

Address

10255 S. Seeley Ave.
Enter via the parking lot.

Neighborhood

Beverly

Hours

Sat, Oct 16: 10am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 17: Closed

Family Friendly Photography Permitted Washrooms Available

Builder

Robert C. Givins, 1887

Description

Chicago's most famous castle, dubbed the "Irish Castle" by neighbors, is a crenelated curiosity perched atop the steep ridge that runs through Beverly and Morgan Park. It is the area's calling card, with a history that traces to Robert C. Givins in 1887, the first of only five owners. Givins, a real estate developer, used it to spark residential growth along the Rock Island Line. Built as an extravagant private residence, purportedly a gift to Givins' wife, today the Beverly Unitarian Church calls it home. Givins spent the then enormous sum of $80,000 constructing the mansion of solid Joliet limestone, intended to resemble a castle he visited once in Ireland, but also recalling the Richardsonian Romanesque style popular at the time.