Sydney Kent House

This article is about a house in the United States. For the station in London, see Kent House railway station.
Sydney Kent House

Sydney Kent House
Location 2944 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°50′26″N 87°37′27″W / 41.84056°N 87.62417°W / 41.84056; -87.62417Coordinates: 41°50′26″N 87°37′27″W / 41.84056°N 87.62417°W / 41.84056; -87.62417
Built 1883
Architect Burnham & Root; Root,John Wellborn
Architectural style Queen Anne
NRHP Reference # 77000477
Significant dates
Added to NRHP November 17, 1977[1]
Designated CL March 18, 1987

The Kent House, also known as Sydney Kent House or St. James Convent, is a Queen Anne style house located at 2944 South Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The house was built in 1883 by Burnham & Root for Sidney A. Kent. From 1896 to 1906, it was the home of barbed-wire industrialist and robber baron John Warne Gates, better known as "Bet-a-Million" Gates for his gambling excesses.

In the early 20th century, it served as the main building for what is today, National-Louis University.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977,[1] and it was designated a Chicago Landmark on March 18, 1987.[2]


  1. 1 2 National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. "Kent House". City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. 2003. Retrieved 2007-06-28.

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