September 03, 2011

House Teardowns

This post is about the teardown of residences 
in old Lake View from the year 2014 to the present
image - Moss Design
Most of my information about teardowns in Lake View and in a limited manner Lincoln Park north of Fullerton Avenue prior to 1889 construction date are from online source called Chicago Cityscape that was established in 2014. There ‘About’ page reads the following: ‘Chicago Cityscape makes neighborhood, property, and construction development data accessible to all. We track demolitions, teardowns, business licenses, and building permits and violations. We emphasize development near transit, of affordable housing, preservation, and special projects awaiting city approval. We promote development news on the South and West Sides. Chicago Cityscape was founded in 2014 to simplify finding building projects & the individuals and businesses who make them using the city's open and extensive neighborhood development datasets.’ Some of news about teardowns & construction news are from an aggregated online news site called Curbed Chicago-Lake View & Curbed Chicago Lake View East while some news will be found from another online news source called DNAinfo. I will check the original construction date of particular teardown along with some interesting house interior photos by checking real estate companies such as Trulia and Redfin. Each address of each teardown with have a link to Google maps.
If there is a teardown not mentioned in this post you, the reader can conduct your own research by the use of Chicago Cityscape database either for Lake View or Lake View East. 
Let’s Begin
‘The extraordinary growth of Chicago's built environment has proceeded at an uneven pace. Among the city's building boom periods, during which structures were erected at a rapid pace and construction workers were in high demand, have been the mid-1850’s, 1864–1873, the 1880’s, the 
1901–1916 period, the 1920’s, the 1950’s, the 1980’s, and the late 1990’s. The overall rate of expansion was greatest between the 1830’s and the 1920’s, when Chicago grew from a tiny settlement into one of the world's largest cities.’ – Encyclopedia  of Chicago 

image - Curbed Chicago
According to a Curb Chicago article, ‘Chicago is famous for its architecture, but there's more to the city than its sky-high towers. Throughout the city's neighborhoods, a wide variety of residential architecture can be found. 
Some neighborhoods are transforming at a fast pace with developers building new homes as fast as they can tear others down. However, there are a handful of architectural styles for residences that are commonly found throughout Chicago – 10 different styles in all.’
After reading this article I believe the most common housing stock in old Lake View is the Framed Two Flat, the Chicago Greystone, Courtyard, and to a lesser degree the Worker Cottage. Finally, I do not judge to necessity of the tear-down without a lot more information but only report it for you, the reader to judge and investigate further.
image - Crain's Chicago Business
According the Crain’s Chicago Business article published in January 2016, ‘nearly 300 older residential buildings [some considered ancient housing stock that may have been divided into multi-family arrangements in years past] in the neighborhood have been torn down and replaced with new homes, according to data compiled by Chicago Cityscape, which tracks building-industry permits in the city. Lake View is the epicenter of teardowns in the city, with more than twice the number in the second-ranked neighborhood, North Center.  In all five of those neighborhoods, "the demand for new-construction homes is high enough that it makes financial sense to tear down what is a perfectly functioning building and put up a brand-new replacement," said Mario Greco from Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Koenig Rubloff Realty Group, with several North Side teardowns among his listings. "The buyers get the all-new house they want in the neighborhood they want most." In 2015, all of the estimated 354 residential teardowns in the city—demolitions followed by new construction—were on the North Side, according to Chicago Cityscapes research. Lakeview has long been a popular place to live. But in the recent years of recovery [2008 housing meltdown], it has increasingly been a location where "people come looking for a bigger and newer home than the ones you used to see there," said Azeem Kahn, the president of AK Custom Homes. His firm bought the old 1½-story cottage on Greenview in July for $850,000. The three-story limestone-faced house AK Custom Homes is building on the site is priced at $2.45 million.’ 
image of Chicago Two Flats - Moss Design
My favorite is the brick two flat Greystone, an unforgettable Chicagoan style of dwelling. According to an article from Chicago Home by Harry Maisel, ‘Two flats served as the first residences for urban and rural families throughout northern Illinois. This early and dominant housing type evolved at the turn of the 19th century was from a traditional hall & parlor home. This was a simple rectangular, two-room structure with gables that faced the sides. Another name for these common houses were called two-flats. Extended families used to occupy these residences. There may have been up to eight to ten or more people living on the first floor & another family occupying the upstairs apartment. Over the years, these two flats were converted to single family homes to rental apartment buildings & still exist today in some of the most desirable Chicago neighborhoods. Many 2-4 flats are still prevalent in Chicago’s Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park, Ravenswood, Andersonville, and Lincoln Square.' 
photo via Park Suite Guesthouse-Facebook
Unfortunately my favorite, the 2 Flat Greystone is a type of  style of housing beginning to disappear from Lake View’s landscape and replaced by modern construction. This link from Chicago Cityscape shows a chart of the number of tear-downs in the City of Chicago from 2006-2017 I contend are mostly from the northside. Retrieving real estate information became increasing difficult prior the to 2017. I listed in my blog Chicago Cityscape listed tear-downs from 2014 to the present due to the fact Chicago Cityscape was founded that year even though this org did a good job in retrieval of information from the assessor's office prior to that date. I found it interesting to the view timeline section of Google maps to discover the replacement to the original. I used three realtor for more information about a particular tear-down. They are Redfin, Trulia, and Realtor.com but must often had to use Chicago Cityscape as a default. 
An Epic Teardown
The link above is from my Facebook album about
Our Downton Abbey
postcard - Ebay
This estate was once located between Sheridan Road & Lake Shore Drive on Barry Avenue
The Teardowns in 2017
Chicago Cityscape reported ? teardowns in 2017
3541 N Marshfield Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This single family home had approximately 4,687sq ft lot size was built in 1894 according to Trulia 
623 W Wellington Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This single family home had approximately 4,950 sq ft lot size was built in 1893 according to Redfin 
1320 W Henderson Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This 2 flat had approximately 3,175 sq ft lot size 
was built in 1885 according to Redfin when 
Lake View was a township

photo - Chicago Cityscape
This 2 flat had approximately 2,448 sq ft lot size 
was built in 1890 according to Trulia one year before the City of Lake View was annex to the City of Chicago.
photo above - Chicago Cityscape
 photo below - Redfin
This house with approximately 2,824 sq ft lot size 
and was built in 1915 according to Trulia
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This single-family with 2,550 sq ft lot size
was built in 1900 according to Trulia
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This single-family with 3,125 sq ft lot size 
was built in 1880 according to Trulia. This house was constructed with Lake View was a township.
photo above - Chicago Cityscape
photo below - Redfin
This multi-family  with 3,848 sq ft lot size
was built in 1902 according Redfin
photo - Chicago Cityscape
 This multi-family 2 flat  with 3,175 sq ft lot size 
was built in 1886 according Redfin. This house was constructed with Lake View was a township.
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This multi-family 2 flat with 3,049 sq ft lot size
was built in 1906 according Redfin
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This multi-family 2 flat 
which is a typical Chicago lot size of 3,049 ft lot size
was built in 1887 according Redfin. This house was constructed with Lake View was a city much like Chicago.
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This multi-family 2 flat with approximate 1,800 ft lot size
was built in 1880 according Trulia. This house was constructed with Lake View was a township.
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This multi-family 2 flat with approximate 2,400 ft lot size 
was built in 1890 according Trulia. This house was constructed one year after City of Lake View was annex to the City of Chicago
photo above - Chicago Cityscape
photo below - Vnt
This multi-family 2 flat with approximate 3,600 ft lot size
was built in 1901 according Redfin
3820 N Paulina Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This multi-family with approximate 3,500 ft lot size
was built in 1896 according Trulia
3745 N Wayne Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This multi-family with approximate 2,012 ft lot size
was built in 1901 according Realtor.com
1534 W Oakdale Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 2 story masonry multi family unit residence & detached frame garage per Chicago Cityscape with a construction date of 1910
The Teardowns in 2016
Chicago Cityscape reported 52 teardowns in 2016
658 W Melrose Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This multi-family 2 flat with approximate 2,900 ft lot size
was built in 1895 according Trulia
707 W Buckingham Place
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This multi-family 2 flat with approximate 3,500 ft lot size
was built in 1895 according Trulia
744 W Buckingham Place
(Google map view with above link)
Wreck and remove a 2 story masonry residence
per Chicago Cityscape
621 W Buckingham Place
photo - Zillow
Wreck and remove 2 story brick residence 
& detached brick garage per Chicago Cityscape
722 W Melrose Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a multi family house with garage 
per Chicago Cityscape
647 W Melrose Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This single family 2 story residence 
with approximate 2,058 ft lot size
was built in 1905 according Zillow 
... with its replacement below also via Zillow
3731 N Paulina Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 2 story frame residence 
& detached frame garage per Chicago Cityscape with an unknown date of construction
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This single family home is approximately 3,025 ft lot size
was built in 1891 according to Redfin. 
3508 N Reta Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 3 story masonry apartment and detached frame garage per Chicago Cityscape with an unknown construction date
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This multi-family 2 flat had approximately 3,050 ft lot size 
was built in 1888 according to Redfin. This house was constructed when Lake View was a city much like Chicago.
3520 N Bosworth Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This multi-family 2 flat had approximately 3,720 ft lot size 
was built in 1916 according to Redfin
3637 N Marshfield Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 2 story brick residence & detached frame garage per Chicago Cityscape 
with a construction date of 1914.
1423 W George Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This 2 flat had approximately 3,125 sq ft lot size 
was built in 1895 according to Trulia
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This 2 flat Grey Stone had approximately 3,000 sq ft lot size 
was built in 1901 according to Redfin. This building once house a guesthouse called Chicago Southport Suites
1102 W Wellington Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck & remove a 2 story frame residence & detached frame garage per Chicago Cityscape 
with an unknown construction date
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This 2 flat had approximately 3,150 sq ft lot size 
was built in 1886 according to Redfin one year before
 Lake View was a city much like Chicago.
3414 N Seminary Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This multi-family 2 flat was built in 1888 according to Realtor.com but I do not have a lot size. This house was constructed when Lake View was a city much like Chicago.
3916 N Hermitage Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This multi-family house had approximately 3,125 sq ft lot size and was built in 1909 according to Realtor.com
1020 W Diversey Parkway
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 2 story frame residence 
per Chicago Cityscape with an unknown construction date
1502 W Wolfram Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck & remove a 2 story frame residence & detached brick garage per Chicago Cityscape
 with an unknown construction date
858 W Aldine Avenue
2009 photo - Chicago Cityscape
By 2011 the owners must have rehabbed the facade prior to the demolition 2016 permit so to wreck and remove a 2 story frame building with garage per Chicago Cityscape with unknown construction date
1537 W Nelson Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 3 story multi family unit residence and detached frame garage per Chicago Cityscape with an unknown construction date
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 2 story masonry residence and detached 1 story frame garage per Chicago Cityscape with an unknown construction date
1506 W School Street
Wreck & remove a 2 story frame residence and 1 story frame garage per Chicago Cityscape
photo - Chicago Cityscape
single family home that contains 3,125 sq ft lot size and was built in 1890 according to Zillow
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a detached frame residence - front building only according to Chicago Cityscape. Also a framed coach house with the same address 
(see Google mapshared the same fate.
1023 W Irving Park Road
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 2 masonry residence 
& detached frame garage next to Bryon's
The Teardowns in 2015
Chicago Cityscape reported 60 teardowns in 2015

647 W Aldine Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 2 story masonry residence 
per Chicago Cityscape and in 2016 a fire destroyed adjunct wood frame 2 story with photos below + the replacement of both structures ...
 CWB Chicago photo with story
 ABC 7 Eyewitness News with story
 2016 Google map view

the replacement of both buildings by 2017
457 W Melrose Street
Removal of a multi family residence with 5,893 sq ft lot 
that was built in 1914 according to Trulia
717 W Melrose Street
Demolition of an existing 2 story brick building 
per Chicago Cityscape
2908 N Burling Street
Wreck and remove an existing 2 story masonry building & garage per Chicago Cityscape 
and apparently built in 1910 according to Redfin
3756 N Wayne Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck & remove a 2 story [Greystone] building 
per Chicago Cityscape 
861 W Roscoe Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck & remove 2 story frame residence and 1 story frame residence per Chicago Cityscape
2946 N Racine Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck & remove a 3 story frame residence and detached frame garage per Chicago Cityscape
3258 N Clifton Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove an existing 3 story masonry residence & 1 story detached frame garage per Chicago Cityscape
1419 W Roscoe Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck & remove a 2 story frame multi unit residence in front along with a 2 story framed coach house in rear
1434 W Waveland Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
This photo above is from Redfin and is new construction. Apparently, Chicago Cityscape did not receive the teardown photo from the Assessor's office. 
1436 Melrose Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 2 story frame residence 
& 1 story frame garage & built in 1886 according to Redfin
1911 W Wolfram Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove an existing 2 story single family frame residence and built in 1888 according to Redfin
3723 N Greenview Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 2 story frame house and garage
3257 N Lakewood Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 2 story frame residence with 1 story detached frame garage
1122 W Wolfram Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 1 story frame residence and detached 1 story frame garage
1716 W Wellington Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove an existing 1 story frame residence
1324 W Melrose Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape Wreck and remove a 2 story frame residence and built in 1878 according to Redfin
1432 W George Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck & remove 2 story frame building 
and 1 story frame garage
b
2964 N Lincoln Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove an existing 2 story commercial & once probably single family building
3522 N Marshfield Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 2 story masonry residence that was next to Hamilton Elementary School
3937 N Marshfield Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 3 story frame residence and detached frame garage per Chicago Cityscape
3703 N Greenview Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 2 1/2 story building with garage 
per Chicago Cityscape
1419 Byron Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 3 story frame building 
per Chicago Cityscape
1430 W Melrose Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 2 story frame residence in front and coach house in back per Chicago Cityscape
1430 W Fletcher Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 2 story multi family frame residential structure & detached frame garage per Chicago Cityscape
1428 W George Street photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove an existing multi family home & garage per Chicago Cityscape
3721 N Greenview Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove an existing multi family home & garage 
per Chicago Cityscape
1437 W Melrose Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a frame house with a 2 car detached garage per Chicago Cityscape
1237 W Barry Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 2 story multi family frame residence 
per Chicago Cityscape
3621 N Hermitage Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck & remove a 2 story brick building with a 4 car brick detached garage with new construction 
in a vacant adjacent lot
3745 N Bosworth Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a one story single family residential structure & detached frame garage per Chicago Cityscape
1437 W Melrose Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 1 1/2 story frame house with a 2 car detached garage per Chicago Cityscape
1431 W Roscoe Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove an existing single family frame & garage per Chicago Cityscape. This appears to be a different front facade to the original building
3817 N Wayne Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 2 story frame house with a 2 car detached garage per Chicago Cityscape
1429 W Wolfram Street
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 2 story frame building 
per Chicago Cityscape
3758 N Lakewood Avenue
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 2 story building with basement & 2 car detached frame garage per Chicago Cityscape
Teardowns in 2014
Chicago Cityscape reported 80 teardowns in 2014
That year marked the highest number of tear-down permits recorded by Chicago Cityscape. In 2013 there were 78 permits recorded. Below is a example of one in 2014
3 photos - Baird Warner via VHT 
731 W Melrose Street
Wreck & remove 2 story frame residence 
per Chicago Cityscape - unknown construction date
with its replacement ....

3438 N Elaine Place
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Wreck and remove a 1 story building and detached garage
per Chicago Cityscape
Entombing a Three Flat Victorian
Not a tear-down but it might have well been
 photo - Zillow
photo - Coldwell Banker
 photo - Joanne Nemerovski
 photo - Chicago Cityscape
below photo - Urban Real Estate
and what both buildings from above looke like by 1920 ...


Important Note:
These posts are exclusively used for educational purposes. I do not wish to gain monetary profit from this blog nor should anyone else without permission for the original source - thanks!