Built in 1870 for Calvin Wheeler a banker and former President of the Chicago Board of Trade, the house changed hands several times. After sitting vacant for years and threatened with demolition, the current owner purchased the property for $10,000 in 1997. After months of renovations, which included the replacement of the mansard slate roof, the home was restored as a boutique hotel.
The Wheeler-Kohn House is one of the last remaining mansions to have survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Designated a Chicago Landmark in 1998 and listed as a National Register of Historic Places in 1999.
Inspired by French architecture of the 19th Century, this house is a classic example of Second Empire Architecture.
We supplied our North Country Unfading Black roofing slate for this project (18″ x 10″ x 1/4″)
Sheena Owen began working for North Country Slate on October 12, 1999. As the Sales Coordinator, Sheena’s day to day duties include providing customer service, new business development, inside sales, handling all cross-border customs issues/documentation, arranging shipments, health and safety representation and social media marketing. Sheena graduated from the University of Guelph
in 1992 with a BA in English and Drama and in 1995 graduated with a Diploma in Radio and Television Broadcasting from Centennial College
. Sheena’s first job was the Producer’s Assistant for TV shows including Robocop, F/X The Series and Nikita. She went on to becoming an Assistant Manager at Eddie Bauer. In her spare time, Sheena enjoys traveling, gardening, volunteering at her local soccer club and cheering on her kids at their sporting events.