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The Salvation Army College for Officer Training

Booth Manor, J.E. Tilt Estate

Not an active site.

Address

700 W. Brompton Ave.

Neighborhood

Lakeview

Architect

Holabird & Roche, 1914

Description

This distinctive red brick structure was built as a 45,000 sq ft family home for shoe manufacturer Joseph E. Tilt. The mansion originally had 14 bedrooms, 17 fireplaces, a library, ballroom, billiards room, wine cellar and gym. The Salvation Army purchased the property in 1920 to house cadets in training. In 90+ years, over 7,000 officers have been trained in the William Booth Memorial Training College (Booth Manor). The Tudor Gothic mansion includes a pitched roof and buttressed chimneys, and is surrounded by a 7-foot wall, all details reminiscent of a secluded English country home, despite being located in the bustling heart of Lakeview.

Archived In

2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018