Sydney Kent House
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Sydney Kent House
Sydney Kent House is located in Chicago metropolitan area
Sydney Kent House
Sydney Kent House is located in Illinois
Sydney Kent House
Sydney Kent House is located in the United States
Sydney Kent House
Location2944 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates41°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
ArchitectBurnham & Root; Root, John Wellborn
Architectural styleQueen Anne
NRHP reference No.77000477
Significant dates
Added to NRHPNovember 17, 1977[1]
Designated CLMarch 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 designed 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. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ "Kent House". City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. 2003. Archived from the original on 2007-06-07. Retrieved 2007-06-28.