January 05, 2012

Tear-downs

... by New or Existing Owner
image - Moss Design
with an article from Curbed Chicago that highlights the various types of housing while explaining each type along with tale of two-flats from WBEZ.
photo - Curbed Chicago 
This image is of pending tear-downs - 2014
Keep informed by Chicago Cityscape
This blog post is about the vintage houses that have or will disappear from the streets of Lake View. Interesting enough a lot of these types of houses for the last couple of years have been tear-downs in our neighborhood of Lake View with permits granted by the alderman. This post is only a limit selection of what was once located in our neighborhood. Tear-downs occur when a building is demolished and replaced with a new building by the new owner who bought the house with the lot. Tear-downs are the exception to the rule if historical significance and is warranted by the community/alderman interests. 
2009 photo - Google Viewer 
3100 block of Southport
How many times have we walked down a street and questioned 'this is new but for the life of me I can not remember what was there before??' or 'OMG ... I wish I could live there!!' or OMG ... what a eyesore!!
My primary new sources will be Curbed Chicago as well as their Curbed archives for Lake View East as well as the 
other areas of the neighborhood, Chicago Cityscape, &
This post is not to judge the neighborhood value of the 
tear-down, just the existence of one. 
 Vintage Tear-Downs:
The Lehmann Family Mansion
1904-1923
EJ Lehmann was the founder and executive of his own department store in Chicago called The Fair. He and his family had a presence in old Lake View.
Founder of The Fair Department Store Died 1900

publication called the Brickbuilder via Kevin Peterson
Once located on the southwest corner of Sheridan Road and Waveland 1923 Sanborn Fire Map with a new court-yard building next to it. 
1907 photo - Art Institute of Chicago
His Wife Dies 1918

 an apparently demolition 1923
photo - via Keven Peterson
 an apparently demolition 1923
photo - via Keven Peterson

An interesting family per caption - 1924 images Ebay
The department store is sold 1925
A Urban Renewal Tear-Down
(click on article to enlarge)
 Lake View's Downton Abbey
not a just a simple compound
In 1959 
this grand mansion became a tear-down 
(click to enlarge)
Teardowns replaced by 4+1's 1971
(click on article to enlarge)
Some houses long gone
506 W Belmont Avenue and Google View enlargement
My source: UIC - Photographic images of Change 1963
3124 N Broadway and a Google View enlargement
My source: UIC - Photographic images of Change 1964
628 W Briar Place
These photos are from the University of Illinois-Chicago collection via Explore Chicago of the interior view of a house that was once located at 628 W Briar Place. No exterior view of the building was provided by the collection.

 
 

Worth the Rehab 1998
Contributor Susan Reibman Groff 
The Entombed Building
Allow me to begin with a bizarre situation in which a building was not demolished but entombed in 2016 by the owner of this three story Victorian era house. 
Front 3 story plus basement addition and rear 4 story with parking at grade addition to existing 2 dwelling unit over 1st floor business 3 story and basement to create 3 dwelling units and business with new detached garage and roof terrace at back, all masonry construction per Chicago Cityscape as of 2015. This entombed house is located at 2821 N Halsted Street just north of Diversey Parkway.
photo - Joanne Nemeroski
photo - Joanne Nemeroski
photo - Zillow
photo - Joanne Nemeroski
the original interior was gone long ago
photo - Stephen Czablewski, Forgotten Chicago-Facebook

photo -Mary Djurovic via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
photo -Mary Djurovic via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
the estimate cost of this newer structure was $565,000
 per Chicago Cityscape
photo - Mary Djurovic via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
 was a car wash or auto laundry as it was called back then
Salvage the Terra Cotta
all 2015 photos below are from Brian Kaempen
who apparently salvage a few sections of the building







Save the Facade - Modernize the Interior
 Google view of the conversion 2016
photos - Chicago CityScape & Redfin
Those Once Neighborhood Homes
The following is a combination of demolitions, deconversions, & alterations of once existing houses in our neighborhood.
I begin with the latest permit published by Chicago Cityscape, a site that lists with some degree of detail the status of a structure after a building permit has been issued by the city. It must be noted that the dates on the photos do not reflect the date of the issued permit nor the construction date of the building. I included a Google map view to each address of the year the permit was issued.
1410 W Henderson Street
above photo - Urban Real Estate
below photo - Hotpads 

Wreck and remove a 3 story masonry multi unit residence
3852 N Janseen Avenue
According to Redfin this building was constructed in 1886
Erect a 3 story masonry 2 unit apartment building 
with a 2 car attached garage
3911 N Janseen Avenue

Wreck and remove a 2 story frame residence 
and detached frame garage
3823 N Marshfield Avenue
This house was interesting. It appears a front addition was added to the original wood house in back of the addition. According to Redfin the original may have be constructed in 1906. According to Chicago Cityscape, this building [that was auctioned] will be wrecked along with garage
1129 W Wolfram Avenue

Erect a 2 story, frame single family residence 
with basement & 2 car detached garage
1741 W Roscoe Street

Erect a 3 story,iiib masonry 3 unit apartment building with roof deck , basement and 3 car detached garage
3820 N Paulina Avenue
Wreck and remove a 2 story frame multi-unit residence and detached frame garage
4349 N Paulina Avenue
'New construction' is the only descriptor 
from Chicago Cityscape
3157 N Southport Avenue
 photos - Harmony's website

Wreck and remove a 2 story frame mixed use building residential/commercial. The demo permit is for the house next to Scubas Tavern that was built in 1887 when Lake View was a township. Scubas Tavern building next to Harmony was constructed in 1903 as a tier house for Schiltz Brewery.
Erect a 3 story masonry single family residence with basement and two car detached garage with roof deck per plans
Wreck and remove a 2 story masonry multi-unit residence and detached frame garage that was built in 1901
Wreck and remove a 2 story masonry multi unit residence and detached frame garage
3721 N Hermitage Avenue
An interior alteration to existing 1896 residential building so to convert existing 2-unit building to single family home.
623 W Wellington
Wreck and remove a 2 story frame residence that according to Redin was constructed in 1889
1534 W Oakdale Avenue

An new 2 story single family residence with basement, attic and detached 2 car frame garage
A new 4 1/2 story, 3 unit residence with basement
Deconversion of ground floor and second floor units into one dwelling unit, dig down and finish basement into second dwelling unit, demolish existing garage and build new masonry garage.
3731 N Paulina Avenue

Wreck and remove a 2 story frame residence 
and detached frame garage
1540 W Wolfram Street
Wreck and remove a 2 story frame residence 
and detached frame garage
And next door another wreck and remove a 2 story frame residence and detached frame garage
842 W Wolfram Street
Renovation of an existing 2 story single family home with a 3rd floor addition on the existing 2-story home, a 2-story rear addition with basement and roof deck, and a 1-story rear addition with a new rear masonry garage. The occupancy remains as one. This house was constructed in 1886.
1750 W School Street
De-conversion of a two-flat to a single family residence with interior remodeling of basement, first floor and second floor.
729 W Barry Avenue
Erect a 4 story masonry 3 unit apartment building with basement and rooftop stair and mechanical enclosures and erect rear detached 3-car private garage.
Wreck and remove a 2 story masonry multi unit residence and detached frame garage.
3520 N Bosworth Avenue
Erect a new three story masonry three unit building with basement, rooftop stairway enclosure and roof deck with a detached frame three car private garage with roof deck.
New construction, single family residence, class A-1, wood frame with brick veneer, (2) two stories and basement and roof deck, to replace existing multi family building with a new detached garage.
4147 N Paulina Street
Wreck and remove a 3 story frame multi-unit residence 
and detached frame garage
1423 W George Street
New construction, single family residence class a-1, wood frame with brick veneer, (3) three stories + basement and a roof deck and trellis, new detached 2-car private garage 
– a prototype building that will replace a this 2 story house built in 1891 according to Redfin.
Erect 2 story masonry type construction single family residence with basement, roof deck, attic, an enclosed walkway connecting the garage & 
attached masonry 4 car garage with roof deck that will replace a 2 flat built in 1891 according to Redfin.
3048 N Sheffield Avenue
Erect new 4 story building 4 dwelling units, attached garage, stairway penthouse, 4 front balconies, 
3 story rear mtl. terrace, rear detached garage 
with roof deck, mtl. and wd. fence per plans that replaced
 this 1889 built house according to Redfin.
1102 W Wellington Avenue
Wreck and remove a 2 story frame residence 
and detached frame garage that replaced this structure that was built in 1885 according to Zillow.
3452 N Southport Avenue
 photo - Southport Corridor News & Events
photo - Zillow
the possible replacement
photo - Joanne Sells Chicago
Wreck and remove a 2 story masonry residence 
and detached frame garage. This building once housed a Bed & Breakfast known as 'Chicago Southport City Suites'. According to Redfin the building was constructed in 1901.
1433 W Fletcher Street

Erect two story brick and frame single family residence 
with basement and detached garage in 2016 and replaced by this 1886 two flat according to Redfin 
1751 W Roscoe Street
Received permit for demolition 2016
3055 N Southport Avenue
Wreck and remove a 3 story frame multi unit residence 
with attached frame garage that according to Redfin was constructed in 1886
1341 W George Street
Erect a 3 story masonry, 3 unit apartment building 
with basement and 3 car detached garage that replaced this two flat built in 1886 according to Redfin.
3414 N Seminary Avenue
Erect 3 d.u. building (3b construction) with roof top deck, three parking spaces on concrete slab (3b construction) that replaced this structure built in 1888 according to Redfin
3637 N Marshfield Avenue
Wreck and remove a 2 story brick residence 
and detached frame garage that was
 built in 1915 according to Trulia
3533 N Wilton Avenue
Erect masonry 4 d.u. building (3b construction) with detached 2 car masonry garage & interior 2 car masonry 
(3b construction), 6' high 8' by 3' masonry trash enclosure that replaced this building 
constructed in 1900 according to Zillow
1227 W Wellington Avenue
Wreck and remove a 2 story frame residence 
and detached frame garage that was constructed 
in 1888 according to Trulia
3414 N Seminary Avenue
Wreck and remove a 2 story frame residence 
and detached frame garage that was built 
in 1890 according to Trulia
658 W Melrose Street
To erect 2 unit, 4 story masonry apartment building 
with 4 car detached garage that replaced this 1885 structure according to Trulia
1751 W Henderson Street
Wreck and remove a 2 story frame residence and 
detached frame garage that was constructed in 1885 according to Trulia
744 W Buckingham Place
2016 photo - Redfin 
According to Chicago Cityscape this 1911 will be replaced by 4 story dwelling with basement and roof deck along with a detached 4 car garage.
2016 photo - Jeff McMahon via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
858 W Aldine Avenue
Replace and erect 4 story 3 d.u. building (3b construction) with roof top deck, detached 3 car garage (3b construction) that was built in 1890 according to Trulia.
1443 W Henderson Street
Wreck & remove 2 story frame residence & 1 story frame garage with a total of 6 rooms. According to Trulia the house was constructed in 1890.
707 W Buckingham Place
Wreck and remove an existing 2 story multi family masonry residential structure and detached frame garage. According to Redfin the house was constructed in 1896.
621 W Briar Place
Wreck & remove 2 story brick residence and detached brick garage. According to Trulia the construction date 1890.
New construction, two story + basement, wood frame construction with brick veneer, single family residence with detached two car garage per Chicago Cityscape. The original house was built in 1886 per Redfin
Erect 4 story , iiib masonry 5 dwelling unitbuilding with basement duplex and parking per plans near Sheridan Road
1433 W George Street

Wreck & remove 2 1/2 frame residence 
& 1 story frame garage
This building built in 1880 during the era of Lake View Township was destroyed by fire in 2016. 
Read about the fire from CWB Chicago

4324 N Ashland Avenue
Wreck and remove a one story masonry residence and detached frame garage. Permit was issued in 2016.
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Demolition permit was issued in April 2016 for this 2-flat building. Read more about these structures from WBEZ.

Wreck and remove a detached frame residence- front building with a wreck and remove a detached frame coach house and detached frame garage in rear according to Chicago Cityscape. Permit was granted in 2016.
permit was filed 2016 according to Chicago Cityscape. According to Redfin the construction date of the house was 1886.
A permit was filed 2016 according to Chicago Cityscape. According to Redfin the construction date was in 1886.
1223 W Barry Avenue
Built in 1908 with a extra long front yard 
compared to the surrounding houses on the block. 
The permit was issued in 2016
 
 
photos - Redfin
3410 N Halsted Street
This was one of the last houses to be wrecked and removed along Boystown Strip on Halsted. The building was a 2 story multi-unit residence and according to Redfin constructed in 1886. The owner was granted a permit to demolish in 2015.
625 W Cornelia Avenue
Apparently built in 1911
2015 photo - Redfin
 
photosMike Butland via
Forgotten Chicago-Facebook 
731 W Melrose Avenue
built in 1874 when Lake View was a growing township. This home as of 2014 had a permit pending for a tear-down. 

2 photos - Redfin
built in 1886 when Lake View was a township. There is a tear-down permit for this building as of 2014.
built in 1906 in the old District of Lake View. This 2 flat building is a tear-down for a new 4 floor condos schedule to be construct by 2015
built in 1891 two years after the annexation 
is permitted for a tear-down in 2014.
3740 block of Kenmore 
built in 1896 and permitted for a tear-down as of 2014.
3744 N Janssen Avenue 
built in 1886 in the Township of Lake View 
has a permit for a tear-down as of 2014.
3438 N Elaine Place 
built in 1901 and has a permit for a tear-down as of 2014.
built in 1896 has a permit for a tear-down as of 2014.
interior photo below - Zillow
was built in 1881 when Lake View was a township. 
The third building from the corner
 is slated for a tear-down by the owner.
built in 1901 when Lake View was referred to as a District of Lake View. This building has a permit for a tear-down by its owner as of 2014.
built in 1896 when Lake View was a district within Chicago. This building is slated for demolition as of 2014.
Built in 1893 in the District of Lake View. This building is slated for demo to enlarge the space for the new park 


built in 1896 in the District of Lake View. This particular houses had a demo permit in 2014. Note: Both houses shown were demolished by 2014 and then this one in 2015
1518 N Henderson Street 
This 2,076 square foot building is slated for demo as of 2014 and was constructed in 1896 in the District of Lake View.
1458 W Byron Street
built in 1888 when Lake View was a city in Illinois 
(1887-1889). This building slated for demo as of 2014.
built in 1901 according to Realtor.com
The original building was a demo as of 2014. 
built in 1907 in the District of Lake View. 
This building was slated for demo as of 2014.
photo - Realtor.com
The rendering for the replacement
New construction at the time of the posting
photo - Redfin
was built in 1896 according to Apartable. At the time of this posting in September 2014 the original building was demolished and a new building was in the construction phase of development by the new owners of the lot. 
built in 1896 in the District of Lake View. This building is slated for demo as of 2014 by the owners of this property. 
built in 1911 according to Apartable
This house was slated for demo as of 2014.
was originally a residence in a once residential part of town. 
This house was built in 1909 and prior to March 2014 housed a restaurant called Bull-eh Dia's Tapas Bar by 2011 and before that in 2007 NeyboursThis now commercial street building is slated for demo as of 2014. Read more about this commercial strip on Southport via Facebook.
the original house at been demolished and its replacement constructed by the new owners at the time of this posting in September 2014. Not an architect but based on the acroterium I would say that the original design was based on the Italianate style of architecture (not the original facade)

1722 W Belmont Avenue
with an unknown building construction date for the original structure. The initial a tear-down is to be replaced by a condo along this mixed use commercial strip.
3725 N Paulina Avenue
built in 1895 and is slated for demo as of 2014
blocked by Google for some reason
has an unknown construction date at the time of this posting. The original building was slated for demo as of 2014.
was built in 1896 and slated for demo as of 2014
did not have exact construction date at the time of this posting but based on the other 2 flat buildings in this post the original structure was probably construct in the 1890's. The original building was slated for demo as of 2014.
View the other Google View dates
 - a lot demo's and new construction -
has a unknown construction date at the time of this posting but based on the collection from this post I am assuming the original construct date was the very early 20th century. The original building was slated for demo as of 2014.
has an unknown original construction date for this structure so guessing that the building was constructed during the 1890's. The original building was slated for demo as of 2014.
The Historical Block of Hawthorne Place
601 Hawthorne Place @ Broadway was built in 1917 and razed in 2015. According to Redfin the building was a 4,097 square foot multi-family home that sat on a 3,782 square foot lot and featured 4.5 bathrooms and reconfigured for commercial business. This building lots it originality long ago.
 the demo and its replacement
photo - 44th ward office
647 W Melrose Street
photo - The Chicago Real Estate
original owners wanted upscale their own property to this 
 photo - 44th ward office
image - Curbed Chicago
image - Zillow
image - Chicago Patterns 
 image - Zillow
 image - Zillow
 image - Zillow
 image - Zillow
 image - Zillow
image - Zillow
image -  Aldermen Tom Tunney website
photos - DNAinfo via Curbed Chicago
This building will be converted to rentals and built out for expansion according to Curbed Chicago-Lake View. According to Zillow, this 7,487.5 square foot property zoned RT3.5, improved with a 3,922 square foot two story building and 700 square foot garage with 60 foot of frontage with an alley access on the north and east. This building has orange listing. Redfin has the building constructed in 1884 when Lake View was a township.
 2017 photos - Hershel Ewer via 
Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
When a tear-down is replaced by a structure worthy of the character of the neighborhood. This one is located in the
West Graceland community of neighborhood of Lake View.
photo - Redfin
 photo - Redfin
 photo - Redfin
photo - Redfin
 photo - Redfin
photo - Redfin
 photo - Redfin
photo - Redfin
 photo - Redfin
photo - Redfin
Save it or No Sale
photo - Chicago Magazine-Real Estate
When the seller helped preserve the house as a 
pre-condition for the potential buyer
A Gut Rehab
In April 2016 the owners planned to spend $100k to replaced the interior and keep the exterior per Chicago Cityscape. 
The permit fee for this alteration was $1,650
photo - Chicago Cityscape
When the Replacement is Better
and its replacement ...


 

 all 2016 photos - Redfin
Not a demolition
but not landmarked either
 photo Chicago Cityscape

806 W. Belmont Avenue - photo Yelp!
As of 2014 this 1879 house
 is not protected from the wrecking ball  
A Fleet of Buildings to Possible Go
The Belmont Station Overpass
photo - Curb Chicago
The CTA has planned an elevated track overpass just north of Belmont El station. This photo above are some of the potential teardowns for this project as of 2014 per Curbed Chicago-Lake View.
An Example of an Illegal Demo
(not our hood but can happen)
photo - Chicago Cityscape 2008
2014 photo - DNAinfo 
This is not in our neighborhood but I thought it relevant to subject of tear-downs. 
There was this cottage house located at 625 West Armitage Avenue in Lincoln Park. It was a 801 square foot, one bathroom, single family home built in 1886 according to Zillow. Read more on this story about his cottage from DNAinfo from the above link.


Post Notes:
Lake View in 2015 has lead the city in the volume of tear-downs according to this Crain's Chicago Business. Curbed Chicago has a section on the site called Demolition Watch for the City of Chicago that includes Lake View. Curbed Chicago also mentioned since 2006 that 1,700 homes have faced the wrecking-ball. A daily newsletter from Chicago Cityscape provides information about building permits issued by the alderman's office, particularly demolitions and renovations. 
View houses from the old township or old district of Lake View via Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection. Do some still exist? Research and discover! There are 35 pages of photos.
Read and view my posts called Real Estate that tells a narrative about the evolution of property and the dwellings on them within our neighborhood. Search for buildings that have significant historical value in the city.

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