Oscar Ferdinand Mayer, a German immigrant who started the sausage company in Chicago in 1883, would probably be impressed with how the company grew under the ownership of his son and grandson. He would also have had a good chuckle at the Oscar Mayer television commercials, jingles and the Weinermobile - first powered up in 1936 and still a big hit in all the cities it visits today. The company he started in Chicago, now owned by Kraft Heinz and moved to Madison, Wisconsin in 1919, is on its way back to Chicago.
His son, Oscar G. Mayer, Sr, took over the company in 1928 and was primarily responsible for the company’s rapid growth from 200 to over 8,000 employees. His longtime Chicago mansion has been restored and adapted for life in the 21st century, but still retains its old world craftsmanship.
Built in 1901, Mayer purchased the brick mansion in 1927 and lived there until his death in 1965. Located in Evanston's Lakeshore Historic District, the 7,401-square-foot mansion has huge rooms spanning its three floors. Included are six bedrooms, five baths, cook’s kitchen with walk-in pantry and top-name appliances, game room, library, ballroom with fireplace, living room with fireplace, original woodwork, restored original light fixtures and stained-glass windows. The original refinished hardwood floors are evident throughout and all new mechanical systems have been installed. With the restoration in the last stage of completion, the new owner will be the first to live in the updated mansion. Priced at $2.95 million.
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