Once upon a time

Ming dynasty - This photo in Sandy Williams' book, "Images of America - Hinsdale," is of 318 N. Madison St. "When built about 1910 for Moy Ming and his family, this home stood alone, centered on the block. Ming was a Chicago tea merchant and restaurateur who owned the "largest and most beautiful Chinese Cafe in the world" with a seating capacity of 2,000. The house and grounds were later owned and brilliantly landscaped by Mary Dynes, horticulture expert. The house was demolished in 2001." Currently three homes occupy the site.