“3179 N Clark St on the corner of Belmont and Clark in Lake View is currently threatened to be demolished. This historic bank building was originally the Lake View State Bank and later the Belmont National Bank. This bank building has been in our community since its completion in 1921. Let’s celebrate it’s 100 year old birthday by saving it, rather than loosing it to the wrecking ball.
“The bank is a wonderful two story limestone clad building by the Architect Ivar Viehe-Naess. According to Alderman Tom Tunney’s website, Hubbard Group is going to demolish this structure and replace it with retail. This structure could easily be incorporated into the new design of the new development, as the rest of the development is a parking lot.
“Over the last 15 years Lakeview has lost a significant amount of pre-war architecture along Clark St and Belmont Ave. As we continue to demolish these structures we loose the historical legacy and identity that makes this neighborhood unique.”
Please share and sign this community driven petition to urge Alderman Tom Tunney and Hubbard Group to incorporate this piece of Lake View history into the new development!
Perhaps this could begin the start of a larger conversation on how to protect what is left of the communities pre-war architecture. A landmark district would forever protect these structures.
Developer Won’t Tell Alderman, Neighbors What Will Open In Lakeview’s Fifth Third Bank Building Until It’s Under Construction; Developers want to convert the Fifth Third Bank building at 3179 N. Clark St. into two stories of commercial space, but its tenants are shrouded in secrecy. The same situation is happening in a Fifth Third building in Lincoln Square, Jake Wittich, Block Club Chicago, 4/22/21