Mars mansion in River Forest might be torn down

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The former River Forest home of Frank and Ethel Mars (inventors of Snickers & Mars candy bars) might be torn down now that Bayit Builders applied for a demolition permit on June 23, according to a report from Chicago Real Estate Daily.

The former home of the Mars family is considered one of the community’s historic structures and landmarks. The Historic Preservation Commission of River Forest is meeting today to discuss the details of the developer’s application, according to the report.

If the commission decides to vote against the permit requested by Bayit Builders, there will be a 45-day hold on demolition. After that period, the property owners are free to do whatever they wish with the estate, according to River Forest Building Official Cliff Radatz.

The home was built in 1919 and designed by Harry Franklin Robinson, who worked under Frank Lloyd Wright for part of his career. Frank and Ethel Mars bought the home in the 1920’s after moving from Minneapolis, according to the report from Chicago Real Estate Daily.



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