The Estate Sale Goddess Hosted the Liquidation of William E. & Peggy Brazley’s Estate

On the weekend of August 5-7, 2022, estate liquidators Ty & Lynne McDaniel, owners of Estate Sale Goddess, drew a large crowd of buyers to the former estate of power couple William E. and Peggy Brazley in Olympia Fields, IL.

The 15-room, 7,000-square-foot mansion, designed by Brazley, features a chef’s kitchen with several cookbooks, an Olympic-size swimming pool, a billiards room, a sauna, a gym cinema, a bar and a wine cellar on one level on the lower level.

The Brazleys were the owners of the largest black-owned architectural firm in the Midwest. William E. Brazley & Associates was founded in 1975 in Matteson, Illinois. The company had over 40 employees and two additional offices. In its 30-year history, the company has completed more than 500 projects, including the McCormick Place Annex, cargo facilities for Lufthansa and Air France at O’Hare Airport, the Convocation Center at Chicago State University, the expansion of Navy Pier, the modernization of Cook County Hospital, and several churches and schools in the Chicagoland area and in the states of Indiana and Michigan.

Architect William E. Brazley, Jr. graduated from Thornton High School in Harvey and received his degree in architectural engineering from Purdue University. Brazley was director of facilities management at Governors State University at University Park. Brazley was instrumental in raising funds for late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington.

In 1992, Brazley and Eric Johnson, President and CEO of Johnson Product Co., broke racial barriers as the first African Americans to be approved for membership in Olympia Fields Country Club. William E. Brazley died on November 8, 2008. Brazley’s wife and socialite, Peggy, was a member of Jet Setter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and The Links, Inc.

The McDaniels, known as the god and goddess of estate sales, organized estate sales for the families of husband and wife Claude Barnett, founder of the Associated Negro Press and actress Etta Moten Barnett, the Ebony magazine chief Lerone Bennett and Olympian Jesse Owens. .

Buyers from the estate sales arrived early Friday morning in front of the Brazley estate home. Ty McDaniel provided food prepared by Evelyn Shelton of Evelyn’s Food Love and a music playlist featuring John Coltrane/FELA mashup.

The Brazley estate included an abundance of furniture, designer clothes, bags, shoes, jewelry, and artwork. Shoppers have entered a time capsule into the life story of a black architectural power couple. Some historic items from the house that were for sale include a signed vintage photograph of a young Pearl Bailey, authentic slave chains, a Baby Grand Wurlitzer piano, William Brazley’s high school diploma, engagement book from Rogers Jeweler, a wedding invitation and a love letter. Lynne McDaniel says entering the double doors of the Brazley mansion felt like entering a palace. “The Brazleys had impeccable taste, traveled the world, knew and got what they wanted,” McDaniel says.

The McDaniels call themselves cultural anthropologists. Each area is unique and different and has a story. “From the photographs, clothing, artwork, and keepsakes, we created a story for people to go out and buy precious things to cherish,” says McDaniel.

For updates on upcoming estate sales from the Estate Sales Goddess, visit estatesalegoddess.com.

Tammy Gibson is an author, reenactor and Black History traveler. Find her on social mediaedia @sankofatravelher.

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