Albert F. Madlener House (Home of the Graham Foundation)
The Albert F. Madlener House, exhibiting both Prairie School and Chicago School features, was built in 1902 in Chicago's wealthy Gold Coast neighborhood. The house was built for Albert Fridolin Madlener, a German-American brewery owner, and his wife, Elsa Seipp Madlener. They inherited Albert's father's medicinal Fig-Rye Whiskey company and the fortune that came with it. Since 1963, the house has been the headquarters of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
Backstory and Context
Known as the house that "Fig-Rye Whiskey built," the home was built for Albert Fridolin Madlener, a German-American brewer, and son of liquor store owner and distiller, Fridolin Madlener. The elder Madlener concocted a fig-rye whiskey that he successfully promoted as a cure for many ailments, and the house's location on the Gold Coast speaks to the fortune built by marketing that product in the 19th century.
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