Developers: John Lewis Cochran

John Lewis Cochran can rightfully be credited with being Edgewater’s Founding Father: he gave the community its name and developed more land by far than any other of Edgewater’s other subdividers. Except for the east side of Sheridan between Bryn Mawr and Foster, he developed all of the land east of Broadway.  In addition he developed two sections west of Broadway, the largest of which is today’s Lakewood Balmoral neighborhood–his third addition.

A search of this website using the word "Cochran" will result in many hits.  We’ve highlighed a few of the major ones:

Principal Scrapbook article

In his own words

An extract of a booklet published by the firm of Cochran and McCluer

Items from his scrapbook of newspaper clippings

An interview with his son

An interview with Paul Schwartzlose who worked for him

Chapter on him in book: "They Built Chicago"

Cochran’s Electric Light Company

A list of permits for him in the American Contractor (1898-1903)

—In street address order

—In chronological order

—By architects, then address