Enhanced Demolition Delay List

Preservation Chicago advocates for the preservation Chicago’s historic buildings.  The following list includes orange and red-rated buildings on the 90-Day Demolition Delay Hold List.  More information regarding the Chicago Historic Resources Survey (CHRS).

Please support the effort by emailing the alderman, sign a petition, follow us on Twitter and Facebook and help us spread the word, and most importantly, come to community meetings and make your voice heard!

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    RENOVATION DELAY ALERT: 77 E. Cedar St, Gold Coast

    77 E. Cedar St, Gold Coast

    Date received: 07/10/18

    90 Days: 10/08/18

    Neighborhood: Gold Coast

    Ward / Alderman: 42nd / Brendan Reilly

    Alderman Contact Info: http://www.12thwardchicago.com/contact-us

    Date Built: 1880s

    Style: Romanesque, Classical

    Architect: Unknown

    Applicant: Joseph Peterchak

    Owner: Joseph Peterchak

    Permit Description: Renovation of an existing 3-story single-family house, including a new 4th floor addition and roof deck.

    Status: Under review

    Rating: Orange

    Other Details: Located in the Gold Coast neighborhood on a block of many other orange and yellow rated homes.

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    DEMOLITION DELAY ALERT: 3538 S Ashland Ave, McKinley Park

    3538 S Ashland Ave, McKinley Park

    Date received: 05/02/18

    90 Days: 07/31/18

    Neighborhood: McKinley Park

    Ward / Alderman: 12th / George Cardenas

    Alderman Contact Info: http://www.12thwardchicago.com/contact-us

    Date Built: Unknown

    Style: Classical Palladian

    Architect: Unknown

    Applicant: Heneghan Wrecking and Excavating Co., Inc.

    Owner: Mars Incorporated

    Permit Description: Demolition of a 1-story addition on the north side of the building.

    Status: Under review
    Rating: Orange

    Other Details:

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    DEMOLITION DELAY ALERT: 1415 W Walton St, West Town

    1415 W Walton St, West Town

    Date received: 04/26/18

    90 Days: 07/25/18

    Neighborhood: West Town

    Ward / Alderman: 2nd / Brian Hopkins

    Alderman Contact Info: http://www.aldermanhopkins.com/contact

    Date Built: 1870s


    Architect: Unknown

    Applicant: Impactor P&P Inc

    Owner: Nathaniel Grove

    Permit Description: Demolish a 2-story frame residential building

    Status: Released 5/07/18
    Rating: Orange

    Other Details:

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    DEMOLITION DELAY ALERT: 1325 W Bosworth Ave, West Town

    1325 N Bosworth Ave, West Town

    Date received: 04/17/18

    90 Days: 07/16/18

    Neighborhood: West Town

    Ward / Alderman: 2nd / Brian Hopkins

    Alderman Contact Info: http://www.aldermanhopkins.com/contact

    Date Built: 1890s

    Architect: Unknown

    Applicant: Chicago Permit Services

    Owner: Homeowners

    Permit Description: Renovation of a 2-story multi-family residence, including the removal and replacement of the front facade

    Status: Released 07/20/18
    Rating: Orange

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    DEMOLITION DELAY ALERT: 1441 W Carmen Ave, Uptown

    1441 W Carmen Ave

    Date received: 04/05/18

    90 Days: 07/04/18

    Neighborhood: Uptown

    Ward / Alderman: 47th / Ameya Pawar

    Alderman Contact Info: http://chicago47.org/contact/

    Date Built: 1890s

    Style: Victorian / Queen Anne

    Architect: Unknown

    Applicant: Taylor Excavating and Construction

    Owner: Devise Development Group

    Permit Description: Demolition and removal of a 3-story, 3-unit masonry residence

    Status: Released 07/09/18
    Rating: Orange

    Other Details: A preservation effort by neighbors was covered by the Chicago Times

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    DEMOLITION DELAY ALERT: Crawford Generating Station, 3501 S Pulaski Rd

    3501 S Pulaski Rd

    Date received: 03/26/18

    90 Days: 06/24/18

    Neighborhood: South Lawndale

    Ward / Alderman: 22nd / Ricardo Munoz

    Alderman Contact Info: https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/about/wards/22.html

    Date Built: 1926
    Style: Industrial Gothic

    Architect: Graham, Anderson, Probst & White

    Applicant: MCM Management Corp

    Owner: HRE Crawford, LLC

    Permit Description: Wreck and remove 5-12 story Crawford Generating Station

    Status: Released 3/27/18
    Rating: Orange

    Other Details: Previously listed on Preservation Chicago’s 7 Most Threatened Buildings of 2014


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    DEMOLITION DELAY ALERT: 1042 S Oakley Blvd, Tri-Taylor

    1042 S Oakley Blvd

    Date received: 03/14/2018

    90 Days: 06/12/2018

    Neighborhood: Tri-Taylor

    Ward / Alderman: 28th / Jason C. Ervin

    Alderman Contact Info: http://www.aldermanervin.com/contact-us

    Date Built: 1870s

    Style: Queen Anne worker’s cottage

    Architect: Unknown

    Applicant: Impactor P&P, Inc.

    Owner: Park State Properties, LLC

    Permit Description: Wreck & remove frame home with detached garage

    Status: Released 06/13/18

    Rating: Orange

    Other Details: Located just south of the Tri-Taylor Historic District, a national landmark neighborhood

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    DEMOLITION DELAY ALERT: 6141 S Prairie Ave, Washington Park

    Washington Park Substation

    6141 S Prairie Ave

    Date received: 03/14/2018

    90 Days: 06/12/2018

    Neighborhood: Washington Park

    Ward / Alderman: 20th / Willie Cochran

    Alderman Contact Info: http://the20thward.com/

    Date Built: 1928-1939

    Style: Classical Revival

    Architect: Hermann Von Holst

    Applicant: Spirit Wrecking and Excavation

    Owner: Vision Land LLC

    Permit Description: Demolish a two story building

    Status: Under review

    Rating: Orange

    Other Details: Recently listed on Preservation Chicago’s 7 Most Endangered list 2018 – read more about it here

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    DEMOLITION DELAY ALERT: 1022 N Honore St, West Town

    1022 N Honore St

    Date received: 03/06/2018

    90 Days: 06/04/2018

    Neighborhood: West Town

    Ward / Alderman: 2nd / Brian Hopkins

    Alderman Contact Info: http://www.aldermanhopkins.com/contact

    Date Built: 1880s

    Style: Italianate worker’s cottage with Eastlake details over front door

    Architect: Unknown

    Applicant: Demox, Inc

    Owner: Volo Holdings

    Permit Description: Wreck & remove a one story building and frame garage

    Status: Released 06/07/18

    Rating: Orange

    Other Details: 

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    DEMOLITION DELAY ALERT: 1929 S Halsted Street, Pilsen

    1929 S Halsted St

    Date received: 12/01/17

    90 Days: 03/01/18

    Neighborhood: Pilsen

    Ward / Alderman: 11th / Patrick D Thompson

    Alderman Contact Info: http://www.ward11.org/contact/

    Date Built: 1920s

    Style: Gothic Revival

    Architect: Unknown

    Applicant: Cynthia Inch, Inc

    Owner: Joseph Panfil

    Permit Description: Exterior rehabilitation including removal of terra cotta cladding

    Status: Application voided

    Rating: Orange

    Other Details: Former home of Temptation Chocolates, founded by the Gallanis Brothers (Greek immigrants who created a large US chocolate company). Read more in our May 2018 newsletter…

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    DEMOLITION DELAY ALERT: 1144 W 18th Street, Pilsen

    1144 W 18th St

    Date received: 12/18/17

    90 Days: 03/18/18

    Neighborhood: Pilsen

    Ward / Alderman: 25th / Daniel Solis

    Alderman Contact Info:https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/about/wards/25.html

    Date Built: 1880s

    Style: Italianate

    Architect: Unknown

    Applicant: Impactor PP

    Owner: Michael Fox

    Permit Description: Demolition

    Status: Released 03/26/18

    Rating: Orange

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    DEMOLITION DELAY ALERT: 2430 W Moffat St, West Town

    2430 W Moffat St

    Date received: 11/16/17

    90 Days: 02/15/18

    Neighborhood: Logan Square

    Ward / Alderman: 1st / Proco Joe Moreno

    Alderman Contact Info: https://www.ward1.org/contact-us/

    Date Built: 1880s

    Style: Queen Anne

    Architect: Unknown

    Applicant: DS Construction, Inc

    Owner: KK Court Investments, Inc

    Permit Description: Demolition

    Status: Released 02/20/18

    Rating: Orange

    Other Details: N/A


  • 631 W. Wellington Avenue

    631 W. Wellington Ave.


    Address: 631 W. Wellington Ave.

    Pin: 14-28-111-015-0000

    CHRS Rating: ORANGE

    Date Built: 1895

    Architect: Unknown

    Neighborhood: East Lakeview 

    Building Condition: Well Maintained 

    Contributing Building in Lakeview Historic and Listed on National Register of Historic Places

    Significant Elements: Chicago Greystone, Limestone facade, Decorative parapet, arched doorway transom window, ornate columns.

    Integrity of Adjacent Buildings/Block: Highly Intact Historic Streetscape


    Permit Start Date: April 27, 2017

    Permit Release Date: July 27, 2017

    Requested Permit: Wreck and Haul Debris

    Applicant: Wellington Development LLC

    Zoned: RT-4

    Lot Square Footage: 3,249

    Existing Square footage: 3,106

    Zoning permitted Square Footage:


    Ward: 44th Ward, Alderman Tom Tunney (773.525.6034) ward44@cityofchicago.org

  • 42, 44 & 46 E. Superior Street, Photo Credit: Ward Miller/ Preservation Chicago

    Entire Block E. Superior with Orange-Rated Italianate 1880’s Row Houses in River North E. Superior Block, Photo Credit by Ward Miller, Preservation Chicago

    Entire Block of E. Superior including Orange-Rated Italianate 1880’s Row Houses in River North is threatened with demolition to make way for a high-rise building.  

    “However, to ensure the protection of these buildings, Miller is hoping that area residents will help push for the creation of a new landmark district. “This is McCormickville,” Miller said. “This is where the McCormick family lived before and after the Great Chicago Fire.” And with the continued demolition of other shorter, older buildings in the area, Miller says that there are only a handful of the original McCormickville buildings left. “We need to value every inch of space where there are historic buildings that tell the story of the neighborhood,” Miller concluded.”

    Contact Alderman Reilly’s Office at office@ward42chicago.com or 312.642.4242

    Preservationists want a new landmark district in River North, Curbed Chicago, 12/8/16
    Demolition Work Begins on 19th Century Buildings at State and Huron, Curbed Chicago, 2/15/16
    New Concerns Over River North’s Disappearing Rowhomes, Curbed Chicago, 2/11/16
  • Leland Sheridan, Photo Credit by IDOT Chicago Traffic Photographs (University of Illinois at Chicago)

    Leland and Sheridan Building, 1001-1017 West Leland and 4654 North Sheridan in Uptown

    The historic building red brick at the southwest corner of Leland and Sheridan, that features some incredible terra cotta ornament, including the wonderful art deco faces, is threatened with demolition.  Zoning change is required for proposed seven-story building.

    The building was recently rehabbed by the new bank owner after suffering through decades of poor management, housing court, and a foreclosure.

    ACTION ITEM:  All are invited to attend open community meeting hosted by Alderman Cappleman on Monday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Sarah’s Circle, 4838 N Sheridan Rd. 

    Or contact Alderman Cappleman’s office at Info@james46.org or 773-878-4646


  • 1610 N. Wells Piper’s Bakery Building

    Piper’s Bakery Building, 1610 N. Wells

    Following a significant fire in October, 2016 which originated in the kitchen of the ground floor restaurant, this highly ornate building is under considerable threat.  The wood framed and metal-clad-bay-windows and turret are proposed to be removed and a new fourth floor added to the structure.

    Piper’s Bakery Building is so physically tied to Old Town in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, and was also the gateway and entry to the once very famous “Piper’s Alley,” which was “ground zero for the Counter Culture” in Chicago and the commercial heart of Old Town during that period.  It is also tied to “The Second City” -the legendary comedy venue and troupe, and home to many famous comedian-artists, which continue to move onto the national stage from this location, and in such productions as SNL-Saturday Night Live, the Hollywood movie industry. This building and its neighboring structure, is perhaps one of the few potential landmarks in our City and country, which may reflect this area of entertainment and artistry. 

  • Serbian American Museum & Club – St Sava, at 448 W. Barry

    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.


  • 324 South Racine Avenue

    Historic West Loop Apartment Building at 324 S. Racine is begin offered for sale.  $4.75M.  The building has seven large loft style apartments and first floor retail.  Large adjacent side lot with outdoor café seating.  Within blocks of the CTA Blue Line.

    THREAT: Marketed as “Transit Oriented Development site”, the C1-3 zoning when combined with the side lot would allow the construction of a larger building with many more smaller units.

    ACTION: Contact 28th Ward Alderman Jason Ervin, (773) 533-0900 jason.ervin@cityofchicago.org, http://www.aldermanervin.com/ to request that he take steps to protect this building from any potential demolition.

  • Demolition Delay Ordinance

    Although the battle to save the Mercantile Exchange Building was lost, the outrage that was caused by its destruction finally forced reform at City Hall.

    For years before the Mercantile Exchange battle erupted, preservationist and other concerned citizens had been maddened by the continued loss of historic buildings throughout the city, and frustrated by the inability to obtain information with regards to pending demolitions.

    However, that all changed in the spring of 2002 when a demolition permit was issued for the Mercantile Exchange Building, formerly located at the NW corner of Franklin and Washington Streets.

    Preservation Chicago quickly sprung into action by creating a public awareness campaign called Save the Merc. Consisting of a series of street demonstrations and picket rallies throughout the summer and fall of 2002, the sustained pressure for landmarks reform ultimately compelled the city to create a new law, which both delayed the demolition of the city’s most historic buildings as well as opened the process to the public.

    Based on recommendations made by Preservation Chicago, this new ordinance became law in January of 2003 and is tied to the city-financed Chicago Historic Resources Survey (CHRS). Informally known as “the survey”, the CHRS was published in 1996 after 12 years of exhaustive research. Architectural historians fanned out across the city and evaluated the architectural integrity of every structure. All buildings built before 1940 were rated on their historical and architectural merit, and then broken down into color categories: Red is the highest ranking, followed respectively by Orange, Green and Yellow. Ultimately, over 17,000 buildings were listed in the survey, and over 8,700 of them were rated Orange. The highlights of the ordinance are as follows:

    • When a demolition permit for a Red or Orange rated building is applied for, the Landmarks Commission is notified and the demolition permit is posted on the city’s public web site.
    • Once posted, a 90-day hold is placed on the demolition permit, although the city may release the hold sooner, under certain circumstances.
    • During that time, research of the historic and/or architectural merit is done to determine if the building should receive Landmark Protection. Alternatives to demolition can also be explored.

    Though less than ideal, the Demolition Delay Ordinance has led to the preservation of numerous historic buildings over the years. But more importantly, it has created a new planning tool for city officials, preservationists and concerned citizens. Before 2003, few if anyone knew what an “Orange Rated” building was. Today, it in now and integral part of Chicago’s urban planning vocabulary.


  • Cook County Hospital: 1825 W. Harrison Street – New life for a grand old dame

    The prognosis looks good for the grand old dame of Harrison Street. On March 2, 2010, the Construction Committee of the Cook County Board voted 6-0 to approve the adaptive reuse of the historic Cook County Hospital Building.

    This action most likely ends a decade-long battle to preserve the former hospital building. The full county board affirmed the recommendation in a 17-0 vote in a session that immediately followed the committee meeting.

    Preservation Chicago kicked off its preservation effort at an April 2003 press conference, which featured author Studs Terkel.

    A massive grass roots public awareness and advocacy campaign began that spring and continued through 2004, culminating in the collection of over 13,000 petition signatures in favor of preservation, which were then delivered to then-county board president John Stroger. Later that year, Preservation Chicago partnered with other preservation advocacy groups, including Landmarks Illinois and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in a concerted effort to preserve and repurpose the building. Those collective efforts finally paid off in 2010, when a majority of the Cook County board agreed to a preservation plan.

    Begun in 1913 by architect Paul Gerhardt, the structure will be converted to administrative offices for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System. Gerhardt also designed Lane Tech High School. The estimated cost is $108,000,000 and is to be partially funded through Tax Increment Financing (TIF) dollars.

    The building, located at 1825 W. Harrison Street, opened in 1916. Cook County Hospital is one of Chicago’s most prominent buildings and was intended to look like a civic edifice rather than a mere hospital. Its façades are composed in a Classical Revival style with French Renaissance features, executed with dramatic detail. The building is famous nationwide and was featured in the film The Fugitive and was the inspiration for television shows St. Elsewhere and ER. The hospital was listed on the Nation Register of Historic Places in 2006.

    The edifice is two blocks long, has eight floors and had four pavilions projecting from the rear, which have been demolished. Operating rooms and two amphitheaters took up the entire eighth floor.

    Patients in the early part of the century were primarily European but by the end of World War II, African-American patients predominated. More than 10,000 doctors have practiced at County Hospital and a medical internship at Cook County Hospital was much sought and considered a prize.

    In the early 1990’s, the County Board approved construction of a new hospital and in 2002 a $250 million new hospital named for sitting county board president John H. Stroger was completed. Funds were then earmarked for the demolition of the old main building. It is then that the preservation community sprung into action.

    The efforts of Preservation Chicago, and other like-minded preservation organizations, helped to change the tide of public opinion against demolition and in favor of historic preservation and adaptive reuse, truly a win-win situation for all stakeholders.