Sydney Kent House
Sydney Kent House
Sydney Kent House
Sydney Kent House
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.