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Bateman School Condo Having Trouble Being Sold

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 11/11/10 (10:40am)

First there was my father's bachelor apartment on Burton near Wells which apparently the current owner can't sell for the life of him -- current asking price: a measly $1.8 million (down from $3.1 mil).

Now there's the place where I went to school on Astor and Burton -- the former McCormick Mansion, donated by the McCormick family to Ellen and Alice Bateman to run as a school. I went there from kindergarten to 8th grade. The place later closed down and was divided into separate condo units.

Now the owner of one of those units, Billy Corgan (of Smashing Pumpkins fame) wants to sell his -- only he's getting no takers. The place is on the 2nd floor. It used to be the library and part of the student cafeteria back in the day. They'd hold receptions in the front room, serving this wonderful punch made out of raspberry sherbert and ginger-ale.

Anyway, Corgan initially offered the thing for $5.5 million in 2008. The price has gone down since then.

Now I read in the HuffingtonPost that he's given up on selling the thing and instead wants to rent it out -- at $10,000 a month. It's a steal!



by Bob Kurtz on Mon, 6/13/11 (3:15am)

You can't sell Bateman School...

It's haunted by ghosts of students (and a few teachers) past.

Alice Bateman Craig one of the founders of Bateman, was one of the most inspiring people in my life.

This building should always be the warm, friendly school it once was.

When I win the lottery the first thing I would do is buy the Patterson-McCormick Mansion (this building) back and start putting the books back of the shelves...

by Irwin A Simkin on Mon, 12/5/11 (2:48am)

The Story of the Bateman School.

by Irwin A Simkin on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 11:37pm
The Bateman School, which now occupies the mansion of late Cyrus McCormick, was founded at 1106 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, in 1937. This is the year that the Director, Miss Alice C Bateman, graduated from the Deptartment of Northwestern University.

Chicago's need for a co-educational, non-sectaria and democratic school was proved within three years' time. Five eager students were in attendance the first day school opened at 1106 Lake Shore Drive. Three years later it was necessary to find another location to allow for additional space. The school was moved to 1000 Lake Shore Drive to accomodate the enrollment of 310 students in the 1941.

At the close of the frist year at 1000 Lake Shore, the parents requested that a high school be added, and it was agreed that the Director would add a year of high school each successive year.

In 1949 the school graduated its first senior high class of fourteen students. All these pupils were able to enter college without examinations, as the Bateman School had attained complete accreditation from the Office of Public Instruction at Springfild.

In the spring of 1950 a corporation was formed. It purchased the former home of Cyrus McCormick, at 20 East Burton Place, as the new site for the school.

The school received its full accreditstion from the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary School, in nineteen states, and which is recognized throughout the country as well as abroad.

At the present time there are approximately 300 students enrolled in the school. The classes include every level from Kindergarten through to the senios year of High School.</strong></strong>

by Leo Klein on Wed, 12/7/11 (6:04pm)

Hi Irwin,

Thanks for the write-up.


by Kevin Rose on Thu, 12/5/13 (2:52pm)

I have fond memories of Bateman school / McCormick Mansion. I attended elementary classes there in the early 1960's. I can remember finding secret passage ways and the library was amazing. I remember Mr. Sondrell as being one of my teachers. The buiding and arcitecture was amazing.