I was reading an excerpt from a magazine called the Mens Book sharing the spicy details of the life of Palmer Potter and his wife, Bertha Honore. The history lesson shares these insights:
- Palmer wanted to move away after that but Bertha admonished him stating that it was his duty as a resident of Chicago to help rebuild it.
- Palmer later built a mansion for in what became the Gold Coast but was originally a swampland that his contemporaries referred to as “Frog Pond.”
- Bertha was passionate about impressionistic art and bought a number of pieces from Renoir, Degas and Monet. After she passed these pieces were given to the Art Institute.
- Bertha was a staunch advocate of women’s equality and lead the initiative to build The Women’s Building honoring women at the 1893 Word’s Fair.
- Both Bertha and Palmer’s influence created an interest in their new home’s location, what we now know as Lake Shore Drive.
- Prairie Avenue was abandoned eventually by Chicago’s elite for the new Millionaire’s Row–Lake Shore Drive.
Influence is a powerful thing. It pays to lead the pack rather than follow it. Besides, it’s much more fun!