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PRINT: Lost Chicago Buildings Showdown on WTTW Chicago

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"As anyone who’s met a Chicagoan knows, you can’t get us to shut up about our city’s architecture. From the bungalow belt to the Magnificent Mile, Logan Square to the Loop, our buildings not only dazzle and delight us, they tell our city’s story. We’ve built boat, bike and...

WIN: Perkins-Nordine House Receives Preliminary Landmark Designation!

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Known as the 'Ken Nordine House', the historic home at 6106 N. Kenmore, was the long-time residence of vocalist Ken Nordine. After his passing in 2019, the house was listed for sale. Multiple offers were received for the property including some from developers looking to demolish it and preservation-oriented...

November 2021 Month-in-Review Newsletter

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https://www.instagram.com/joshuamellin/ Prints available at joshuamellin.com/contact Table of Contents ADVOCACY WIN: Call for Nominations for 2022 Chicago 7 Most Endangered WIN: Seth Warner House Receives Preliminary Landmark Approval! WIN: City of Chicago Awards $4.3 Million Adopt-a-Landmark Funds POTENTIAL WIN: Lakeside Center Bid Emerges as Front-Runner WIN: Emergency Stabilization Work Proceeds at Laramie State Bank ...

Open Call for Nominations for Preservation Chicago’s 2022 Chicago 7 Most Endangered List

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Open Call for nominations for Preservation Chicago's 2022 Chicago 7 Most Endangered List. Worried about a great vintage building or home in your neighborhood...Please let us know! We need your help to identify neglected or threatened buildings for consideration for Preservation Chicago's 2022 Chicago 7 Most Endangered List. To be eligible it...

WIN: City of Chicago Awards $4.3 Million Adopt-a-Landmark Restoration Funds to 12 Designated Chicago Landmarks

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"A Pullman church, a Kenwood synagogue and two homes associated with the Great Migration of Black Americans to Chicago are among 12 recipients that are tentatively selected for Adopt-A-Landmark grants, Department of Planning and Development (DPD), Commissioner Maurice Cox announced today. "Valued at more than $4.3 million, the tentative grant...

POTENTIAL WIN: Lakeside Center Bid Emerges as Front-Runner in Race for New Chicago Casino (Chicago 7 2016 & 2021)

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"Key staff in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration might concentrate on just two rules: Keep it simple, and keep it accessible. Those two factors will decide how quickly the city and its threadbare pension funds can start seeing revenue, and whether large crowds will hit the gaming positions and entertainment...

WIN: Judge Orders Extensive Emergency Stabilization Work Including New Roof for Laramie State Bank

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"In the coming years, the iconic Laramie State Bank building will be transformed into a museum, a business incubator and a café. But before that can begin, the building needs emergency repairs to protect its historical architecture from weather damage and deterioration from years of deferred maintenance. "The redevelopment of...

WIN: City of Chicago Approves Development Proposal which includes Renovation of Landmark Pioneer Bank

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"City officials today announced the winning bidders poised to develop a trio of mixed-use projects in the neighborhoods totaling $126 million. It's the third batch of developments chosen by the city's Planning Department under Lightfoot's two-year-old program to steer $750 million in public funding and resources into 10 designated...

WIN: Lincoln Park Zoo Kovler/Pepper Lion House Renovation Beautifully Blends Historic Building and Creative Innovation

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"Goettsch Partners has announced the completion of the Pepper Family Wildlife Center, a $41 million renovation, restoration, and expansion of the historic lion house at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. "The new 54,000-square-foot facility nearly doubles the size of the previous lion habitat, providing increased transparency and a more immersive experience...

WIN: Congresswoman Robin Kelly Supports a “True Preservation Approach” for Promontory Point in Letter to US Army Corps

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"Rep. Robin Kelly (2nd) wrote in an October letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that she supports a 'true preservation approach' for repairing the limestone revetment at Promontory Point. "'The Point's 2018 listing on the National Register of Historic Places mandates this approach and protects it as the...

WIN: Momentum Growing For Central Park Theater Restoration

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"Attempting to restore some of the city’s most architecturally significant but severely rundown theaters can be a dramatic affair. "At the Uptown Theatre, Fairpoint Development backed out of the high-profile project led by Jam Productions that garnered $40 million in public money and enthusiastic support from elected officials. The Congress...

WIN: Alums Launch Effort to Landmark and Restore Chicago Vocational High School

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"In Avalon Park on the South Side, a massive structure sits, evoking memories of bright futures and immense pride. Nicknamed 'the Palace,' Chicago Vocational High School’s regal architecture and grand size seemed to fit the buzz about the place, former students say. Alums included Bears great Dick Butkus and...

THREATENED: Archway Standard Oil Station, North Fedral Savings Building, and Stanley Tigerman Walgreens Threatened By New Development

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"Developers who are planning to overhaul several properties in Old Town, including the site of the old Treasure Island Grocery Store, have launched an interactive website where people can submit feedback on the project. "The website is hosted through coUrbanize, an online platform that aims to make civic participation more...

PETITION: Designate Chicago Vocational School (CVS) a Historic Landmark

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"Chicago Vocational School is located at 2100 East 87th Street on Chicago’s south side in Avalon Park. The South Side is the largest of the City’s three sides. "Chicago Vocational School (CVS) was constructed in 1938 and sits on a 27-acre campus with two contributing structures bordered by 87th Street,...

BUYER WANTED: CMD’s Iconic Clock Tower and Three Historic CMD Warehouses Listed For Sale (Chicago 7 2020)

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"Published reports and media show multiple large industrial properties in Chicago’s McKinley Park neighborhood recently changing hands or being placed up for sale, including the iconic faux clock tower at South Damen Avenue and West Pershing Road. "Joining the historic Central Manufacturing District tower are three warehouses of the Clock...

THREATENED: Neighborhood Effort Fails to Prevent Closure of Our Lady of Victory Church, But Advocacy Continues (Chicago 7 2021)

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"After 115 years, the oldest Catholic parish on the Far Northwest Side will hold its last Mass this weekend — but neighbors hope it won’t be the last time they’ll be inside the historical building. "The Our Lady of Victory Church, 5212 W. Agatite Ave., which was founded in 1906...

WIN: Double Door Renovation of Wilson Theater Building Moves Forward

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"Double Door is working toward a debut next year in its Uptown home, more than four years after the beloved rock club was evicted from its longtime Wicker Park location. The goal is to open 'within the year,' and work is underway transforming the historical Wilson Theater building at...

WIN: Neighbors Pool Resources to Buy and Renovate Historic South Shore Apartment Building

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"More than two dozen South Shore neighbors pooled their funds to buy and renovate a blighted apartment building over the last year, offering a model for the neighborhood’s growth they say can benefit existing residents. The cooperatively owned 7051 LLC bought 7051 S. Bennett Ave. for $600,000 in November...

WIN: Workers Cottage Initiative Grows To More Chicago Neighborhoods

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"As developers continue to raze workers cottages for single-family homes and condos in gentrifying Logan Square and other parts of the city, preservationists are embarking on a project to raise awareness about the historical yet overlooked homes and to shape policies that would save them from demolition. "Leaders with Preservation...

WIN: Long Neglected Iowa Building in Jackson Park to Be Restored

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"City officials presented initial plans for renovation of the Iowa Building and construction of new baseball fields and a dog-friendly area (DFA) in Jackson Park at a Nov. 29 virtual meeting hosted by Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) and the Chicago Park District (CPD), "The three projects, which are scheduled to...

LOSS: Edgewater’s Motor Row McNitt Building Demolished for Future Development

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"Edgewater neighbors and preservationists are trying to halt Howard Brown Health’s planned demolition of a 100-year-old former auto garage on Broadway, asking the health group to reuse the historical building in its future plans for the site. "Howard Brown last week received a demolition permit for the building at 5650-56...

LOSS: Built in 1860 Before the Great Chicago Fire, Developers Demolish 116 N. Willard Court

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"An Italianate home in the West Loop, built about a decade before the Great Chicago Fire, is headed for demolition, likely to be replaced by condos. "The three-story Italianate building at 116 N. Willard Court was built around 1860, according to the Cook County Assessor. The October 1871 fire stopped...

TENANT WANTED: Designated Chicago Landmark Medinah Temple Seeks For New Use

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"The owner of the Medinah Temple is wrestling once again with the question: What’s the vacant River North landmark going to be next? "Friedman Properties seemed to have an answer in April, when it disclosed plans to open a retail, food and entertainment bazaar in the four-story River North building....

BUYER WANTED: Former St. George Church, School and Rectory in South Chicago For Sale (Chicago 7 2021)

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"St. George Church was established in 1903 to serve Slovenian immigrants who settled near the steel mills in South Chicago. This national parish was founded within the territorial parish of St. Patrick at 95th Street and Commercial Avenue. "The origins of the St. George national parish were found in Slovenian...

URGENTLY THREATENED: Developer Moves Forward with Plan to Demolish Cenacle Sisters Building Complex and Subdivide for Huge Single Family Homes

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"A religious order quietly sold the Lincoln Park building it has owned since the mid-1960s to a developer, who plans to build on one portion of the site and sell off the rest as eight house lots suited for new homes of as much as 15,000 square feet. The...

BUYER WANTED: Renovated Lincoln Park Home For Sale

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"Decades of shifting from a single-family home to a 19-room boarding house to a three-flat hadn’t changed the stately exterior of this Cleveland Avenue building, but inside, “There was nothing redeeming left,” says Leslie Glazier, who bought it in 2007 with her husband, Josh Glazier. "They knew they would do...

THREATENED: 90-Day Demolition Delay List

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The Demolition Delay Ordinance, adopted by City Council in 2003, establishes a hold of up to 90 days in the issuance of any demolition permit for certain historic buildings in order that the Department of Planning and Development can explore options, as appropriate, to preserve the building, including but...

LOSS: “Spotlight on Demolition” Oct. 2021

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McNitt Building, 5652 N. Broadway, Edgewater 1300 W. Randolph Street, Fulton Market 2238 N. Burling Street, Lincoln Park 4863 N. Ashland Avenue, Sheridan Park 3854 N. Claremont Avenue, North-Center 2832 W. Polk St, Tri-Taylor 5116 S. Wood Street, Sherman Park 741 W. 50th Place, Sherman Park 6434 S....

Chicagoland Architecture Substack Blog: Reconstructing the Garrick: Adler & Sullivan’s Lost Masterpiece

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"This weekend I finally went to Wrightwood 659 to see Romanticism to Ruin, an exhibit about two lost works by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. It was my first time inside this building within a building, which opened in 2018. Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Tadao Ando incorporated the...

Chicago Reader: Edgar Miller’s handmade homes have become wellsprings of inspiration for local artists

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"Like a scarlet pane of firelight shining from a brick-and-mortar facade, a red door on the 1700 block of North Wells announces the presence of a little piece of magic in the Old Town neighborhood. "'You just walk beyond that barrier and you leave your life behind—a calm washes over...

Chicago Magazine: Yes, Chicago Really Has an East Side

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"I’m going to settle an old Chicago debate, one that usually begins when someone quotes the first line of the song 'The Night Chicago Died,' by Paper Lace: 'My daddy was a cop on the east side of Chicago.' "It came up again on Reddit, a year ago, when a...

Due to Popular Demand, Extended Through February 26! Wrightwood 659 gallery presents “Romanticism to Ruin: Two Lost Works of Sullivan and Wright”

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"Why are buildings designed by architects Louis H. Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright so haunting, especially those that have been destroyed? More than simply creating a physical structure, both architects had rare gifts for engaging the human senses and emotions through the power of space, color, light, and motion...

Author Andrew Feiler Discusses “A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools that Changed America” Sunday, December 19, 2021

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"The Chicago Jewish Historical Society, in partnership with the Caxton Club, is excited to present a much-anticipated Zoom program. "Andrew Feiler, author of A Better Life for Their Children: Julius Rosenwald, Booker T. Washington, and the 4,978 Schools that Changed America (University of Georgia Press, 2021), will talk about the...

Helmut Jahn: In A Flash A Documentary by Nathan Eddy. Online Screening through December 19

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"Between December 3 and December 19, 2021, MAS Context and the Goethe-Institut Chicago are hosting the digital screening of Helmut Jahn: In A Flash, a documentary by Nathan Eddy. The film will be available on this page. Helmut Jahn: In A Flash had its world premiere in Chicago on...

10943 S. Homewood Avenue, Morgan Park-90-Day Demolition Delay

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Address: 10943 S. Homewood Avenue, Morgan Park #100912834 Date Received: 5/20/2021 Ward: 19th Ward Alderman Matthew O'Shea Applicant: KLF Enterprises Owner: Righteous Oaks, LLC Permit Description: Wreck and remove a two-story frame residence. Status: Released 05/21/2021

WIN: Final Landmark Recommendation for the Seth Warner House

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Seth Warner House, 1869, 631 N. Central Ave. Preliminary Chicago Landmark Designation Report. Image Credit: City of Chicago Department of Planning & Development "The oldest house in the Austin neighborhood is on its way to becoming an official Chicago landmark. The 152-year-old Seth Warner house located at 631 N. Central Ave....

March 2021 Month-in-Review Newsletter

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ADVOCACY WIN: Proposed House Museum Ban Ordinance Defeated WIN: Lake Street Schlitz Tied House / La Luce Saved THREATENED: Chicago Union Station Power House WIN: Chicago Tribune Editorial - Defending the Lakefront THREATENED: Thompson Center WIN: Morton Salt Complex WIN: Ramova Theatre THREATENED: Uptown Theatre WIN: Epiphany Center for...

THREATENED: 90-Day Demolition Delay List – March 2021

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The Demolition Delay Ordinance, adopted by City Council in 2003, establishes a hold of up to 90 days in the issuance of any demolition permit for certain historic buildings in order that the Department of Planning and Development can explore options, as appropriate, to preserve the building, including but...

May 2021 Month-in-Review Newsletter

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https://www.instagram.com/joshuamellin/ Prints available at joshuamellin.com/contact Table of Contents PETITIONS WIN: Muddy Waters House Museum WIN: La Luce / Lake Street Schlitz Tied House THREATENED: Thompson Center THREATENED: Chicago Union Station Power House THREATENED: Lakeview State Bank ADVOCACY THREATENED: Thompson Center Upzoning THREATENED: Jahn's Passing Reignites Thompson Center Debate THREATENED: Pittsfield Building POTENTIAL WIN: Congress...

June 2021 Month-in-Review Newsletter

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Photo by Steven Vance / Chicago Cityscape The restored and renovated Clinton Street entry to the Union Station food court, formerly the fire-damaged Fred Harvey Restaurant. After being walled up since the 1980s, windows were restored and a new entry created. Designed by architects Graham, Anderson Probst & White, Union Station was...

THREATENED: Save the Thompson Center Petition Generates Over 20,000 Signatures (Chicago 7 2016, 2018, 2019 & 2020)

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“Governor Pritzker has the opportunity, after years of neglect by his predecessors, to lead through the sale of the Thompson Center by giving it new life. "Repurposing the building the right way could go beyond what the building ever was, making it better, more public, and a place where you...

WIN: After Proposed House Museum Ban Defeated, Momentum Growing for Establishing New Black House Museums

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"In Chicago and the suburbs right now, there are seven homes of historical Black figures that are in some stage of being turned into a museum or cultural center that honors the former residents. It's an unprecedented number, and an eighth may be in the wings. "While they are mostly...

THREATENED: Despite Nearly 2,000 Petition Signatures to Save It, Demolition Looming for Lake View State Bank

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"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...

PARTIAL WIN: Vote Recommends National Register Status for Thompson Center Over Objections from State of Illinois (Chicago 7 2016, 2018, 2019 & 2020)

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"'The fact that the state was opposed to its nomination really shows that politics has entered the equation,' Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago told Urbanize. 'It's unfortunate in a city that's so well known for its architecture. We shouldn't leave it up to personal choice, politics, or whether or...

WIN: Thompson Center Rally Shines Spotlight on National Register Vote (Chicago 7 2016, 2018, 2019 & 2020)

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"About two dozen people gathered outside the James R. Thompson Center on Wednesday to protest the state’s ongoing efforts to sell the glassy state office building, which preservation groups call an iconic and integral component to Chicago’s downtown. "Preservation Chicago and other advocacy groups held the rally in response to...

WIN: Driehaus Museum Acquires Murphy Memorial Auditorium

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"The board of directors of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum today announced the acquisition of the adjacent John B. Murphy Memorial Auditorium from the American College of Surgeons (ACS). "For the Driehaus Museum – located in the adjoining Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion, originally built in 1883 and restored by Driehaus...

POTENTIAL WIN: Congress Theater Restoration Gaining Momentum

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"The newest developer trying to overhaul Congress Theater wants to reopen the historic venue by summer of 2023, taking the reins on plans to revive the space that’s been sitting empty for nearly a decade. "Baum Revision, a local developer known for restoring historic buildings, is taking over the redevelopment...