Due to pro-preservation advocacy pressure, the demolition permit was withdrawn. The fight is not over, but the rapid response from the community and preservation advocates has won the first battle.
On October 18, 2016 a DEMOLITION PERMIT was requested by the Dunleavy Construction Company on behalf of the owner for the orange-rated Serbian American Museum & Club – St Sava, at 448 W. Barry Avenue, in the Lake View neighborhood. The permit requests permission to “Wreck and remove a 2-story brick house and garage”
The orange-rated Serbian American Museum & Club – St Sava, at 448 W. Barry Avenue, in the Lake View neighborhood, is an amazing former house by Frederick Perkins (1902) in the Prairie Style.
It is graced with beautiful proportions, amazing classical ornament, and a unique arched dormer at the third floor. It is constructed of Roman Brick, with fine detailing.
The Serbian American Museum & Club would be a natural candidate for consideration as a Designated Chicago Landmark, both architecturally and culturally (A Serbian/ethnic cultural landmark, which nationally, in the architecture and preservation communities, is an important area of buildings to protect, and a topic of many recent conferences).
We at Preservation Chicago, would be in full support of such a designation.