The home’s original owners, according to historical articles that Sanders provided, were Louis Hippach, a co-founder of Tyler-Hippach Glass, and his wife, Ida Hippach. They may have used it only as their summer home.
In December 1903, two of the Hippachs’ sons, 14-year-old Robert and 12-year-old Archie, were among the more than 600 people who died in the devastating fire that broke out during a matinee at the three-week-old Iroquois Theatre on Randolph Street.
In 1912, Ida Hippach and her daughter, Jean, were completing a tour of Europe when they boarded the grand new British luxury steamship the Titanic for its first voyage. When the ship sank, they escaped on the last lifeboat. When they got home to Chicago, they told the Chicago Record Herald that John Jacob Astor, the wealthiest person aboard the ship, had put his wife in the lifeboat and then ordered it held so the two