Final resting place of my great-grandfather Thomas Keating (1832-1915), a Chicago contractor and builder from about 1860-1910 who helped rebuild the city after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Thomas Keating was mason and contractor for the Kankakee Insane Asylum, built in 1877. Still standing, and on the National Register of Historic Places, this massive hospital complex, known today as the Shapiro Developmental Center, continues to serve residents of Illinois. Keating also built the Chicago Times Building, below, in 1875; a mansion for that newspaper’s publisher, Wilbur F. Storey (under construction from 1878 to 1884); and a number of churches in Chicago during his 50-plus year construction career.
I’m still doing research on those other structures you built, Thomas. Don’t worry, I’ll find them. And I’ll be sharing them right here when I do…
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