February 04, 2012

Recyclable Dwellings

Re-Usable Buildings 
Wieland Dairy & Ice Cream Factory
The First Occupant
"The Wieland Dairy and Ice Cream Factory, (in Chicago), was developed by my great grandparents, Jacob and Gottlieben (Gleich) Wieland. They came to the USA in 1889, bringing along their 7 sons,1 daughter, and Jacob's father. The Wieland Dairy was very successful, as was the Ice Cream Factory, where the "Good Humor" ice cream bar was developed. In the early 1930's the dairy was sold, for $8.5 million to 'Borden', hence the name 'Wieland/Borden Dairy' on all the bottles, for a period of time, (stipulated in the sale), later becoming just 'Borden'. The money was divided equally between the the sons and daughter. Two of the sons were against the sale, so they started C.J. Wieland & Company Dairy. Not knowing whether this is a genealogy question or a question about the dairy itself, I welcome all to contact me. My father was eventuallya partner in the C.J. Wieland Dairy and the chief chemist developing the formulas for the products. The Dairy was eventually sold to Hawthorn Melody in 1951. I would LOVE any photos anyone has of the dairy such as someone said they had. C.J. Wieland had an ice cream parlor and was regarded as the premium brand in Chicago. The aidry products were sold both in many markets and by home delivery." - Panborn - a user name
This is the view of the existing space for the Walmart store located on Broadway Avenue north of Addison Street. Walmart only utilize the larger of the two buildings that were originally owned by Wieland Dairy Ice Cream Factory in the early part of the 20th century. Charles J. Wieland was the founder of the company. Apparently, the Good Humor brand was manufactured here.
Weiland's delivery system
 3644-3642 Broadway Avenue 
image -1923 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
3623-3625 North Halsted Street
View of both buildings 
Wieland Dairy' first building constructed in 1910
Apparently in 2012 their was marketing plans 
for the smaller and first Wieland building
Details of the second building constructed in 1927
Borden Bought Wieland Dairy
The Second Occupant
In 1936 Borden merges with Wieland
Map locations
Property along Broadway and 
Property along Halsted along the Alleyway 1950
The extension of the property west of the alley
The 1950 Sanborn Maps highlights the 
name change to Borden Co. still with the 'wagon painting' area and the 'horse stable' mentioned on the maps
now in back of the offices
The Butter and Egg Delivery wagon postcard - 1912
photo - Ebay
A milk bottle indicating the merger of companies by 1930
"Under Arthur W. Milburn, the Borden Company, as it was renamed in 1919, embarked on a buying spree that transformed it into a multinational conglomerate. Between 1928 and 1930, the business bought more than 200 companies around the country and became the nation's largest distributor of fluid milk. In the process, it entered five new fields: ice cream, cheese, powdered milk, mincemeat, and adhesives. In 1875 the company diversified by offering delivery of fluid milk in New York and New Jersey. Ten years later, it pioneered the use of glass bottles for milk distribution. In 1885 Borden's fluid-milk business was expanded to Chicago and the company began to manufacture evaporated milk. Borden sold its office building in Manhattan, moved its headquarters to Columbus, Ohio, and closed scores of unprofitable dairy facilities. In 1969 alone the company took write offs worth $70 million." - source unknown
The Bowman bottle - 1930's Ebay
One of the largest dairies of the 20th century was Bowman Dairies. The owner of this vast enterprise was a man named Robert Alexander Bowman. His factories may have been located elsewhere but he and his family resided in old Lake View per this death notice below.
He died in the Panama Canal Zone (once U.S. territory)
 Curtiss Candy Corporate Headquarters
The Third Occupant in 1957
This company re-located within Lake View from their owned Curtiss Building that was once located on the northeast corner of Broadway and Diversey Parkway. 
a 1962 advertisement - Ebay
Recycled Paper Greetings
The Fourth Occupant in 1981
 It Began as a Earth Day Idea
Recycled Paper Greetings, Inc. was the fourth-largest greeting card company in the United States, with revenues of approximately $140 million on sales of over 200 million cards. Known for its iconoclastic, hip, irreverent, satiric birthday and wide range of greeting cards, Recycled Paper Greetings built its reputation as an "alternative" to the long-established industry giants, including Hallmark, American Greetings, and Gibson Greetings. In fact, Recycled Paper Greetings became so successful during its brief history that the above three mainstays of the industry have developed their own "alternative" birthday and greeting cards. One of the primary attractions, of course, to the company is that all of its cards was printed on 100 percent recycled paper. With environmental issues at the forefront of the American psyche at the time, many customers are willing to pay a little bit more for a greeting card made from recycled paper.
The co founders Phil Friedmann and Michael Keiser, began their entrepreneurial journey while on a Colorado skiing trip in 1971. Former Amherst College roommates, the two young men wanted to do something that would have an ecological impact, so they decided to produce Christmas cards published on 100 percent recycled paper. It was the year of the first Earth Day and Friedmann and Keiser hoped that, after Hallmark, American Greetings, and Gibson Greetings saw what they had done and realized that printing cards on recycled paper was not only technologically feasible but economically cost-effective, the Big Three would follow suit.
Most important to the two young idealists was that their effort in changing the way the Big Three produced greeting cards would have an enormous impact on the environment. Not surprisingly, the pair later admitted they were more interested in establishing an ecological project rather than in starting a business. 
The Fifth Occupant 2013-2016
photo - Yo Chicago
 photo - Lake View Patch
 photo - Lake View Patch
  photo - Lake View Patch
  photo - Lake View Patch 
 photo - Lake View Patch
In 2016 Walmart closed on Broadway as well as its 'Express' stores on Broadway Avenue & other locations.

Lake View Athletic Club
Private to Public club
3212 N Broadway Avenue
postcard - Ebay
Herman  Beardsley Butler was a vice president and treasurer of Joseph T. Ryerson & Sons who died in 1904.
image zoomed below
1923 Sanborn Fire Maps
 Herman Beardsley Bulter House
Read the features of this so-called house in the map above
Hull House in Lake View
 view of the Lake View Athletic Club 
the basement pool of the original building remains
interior view of LVAC
This building began as a private club and then a early 20th century branch library and matured to health club by 2009
This particular blog post follows the same theme as the posts outlined above – when buildings were reused for other purposes; once a warehouse or ‘house of worship’ now a loft, once a residential house now a restaurant or rental. My main source for this "to be later decided" & ‘to be expanded’ post will be ‘Curb Chicago – Lake View’ that serves as a conduit for other publications about our neighborhood on matters of real estate development. 
This post has been segmented into three sections, House of Worship, Commercial, and Residential. For me the 'house of worship' buildings  are the most interesting conversions.
If I have missed one or be able to tell me more about the conversion of the old space; please comment at the bottom of this post. 
A Vintage Firehouses
According to Redfin, this residence former 1907 built firehouse is worth over one million dollars in 2016. 
All photos below are from Redfin.
This former Chicago firehouse has 14 foot ceilings, exposed brick walls, 4500 square feet of huge open space and 3 original working firehouse doors.
 or no garage
1754 W Byron Street

The Spies Brothers 
Benedict F. Carney who along with his two brothers owned & operated one of the oldest jewelry manufacturing companies in the country. Mr. Carney's company, Spies Brothers Inc. specialized in crafting class rings, and gold pins - now saved!

the interiors ....
all photos from Redfin
the new walk-in closet 
Newport Rail Power Sub-Station
photo - Chicago Business
According the Chicago Business-Real Estate, this substation was 'built in 1928 to feed power to elevated rail lines, the red-brick building was originally a Commonwealth Edison substation. It has been CTA property since 1964 but has not operated since the mid-1970s, according to statements CTA issued when announcing the sale'. According to DNAinfo, this old substation has neighborhood approval to proceed with the renovation of the building with a photo from DNAinfo.
photo - Chicago Public Library via Explore Chicago
photo - Chicago Patterns
photography from Chris Cullen
 The New Look ...
If this blog had a preservation post it would start with this building that had its finally day as a funeral home in September of 2014. As of January 2015 the building has been declared recyclable due to importance to the neighborhood associations. The associations got their wish not only to preserve it but to reuse its' existing structure for other purposes. Also, read this article from the Sun-Times and from DNAinfo.
The Christ Apostolic Church of America
once the Lake View Gospel Church
2016 image - Chicago Cityscape
This former house of worship will be renovated and converted from an existing 3-story religious masonry building to six residential unit building with a 4th floor penthouse addition per Chicago Cityscape - with link to blueprints. 
The House of Kells
This former 19th century 'house of worship' (need to research the name) space has an interesting history according to Curbed Chicago and Chicago Magazine. This property was once the home of Robert Sylvester Kelly - rapper and song-writer. From the exterior the building looks bland and I would have never known it was a church walking by it. 
photos above - Jelinek Group
His bar was a collectors item - looney tune bar
3101 Seminary Avenue


all photos - Chicago Real Estate
Not all residential church conversions are restorative—some gut sanctified spaces and emerge with multi-story “loft” additions with stacked balconies. The former Trinity Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church at Seminary and Barry in Lake View dodged all of that thanks to good bones & a developer looking to deliver exceptional spaces per Chicago Real.   
Buckingham Pews
former Temple Emanuel
This 'house of worship' was converted decades after the congregation moved to a newer space way back in 1955 according to their website. Some interior views of the space are provided in the link above. 
 photo - Metro Real Estate
known now as the Steepes
Chicago History in Postcards
Postcard - 1905 
and built in 1890 when the neighborhood was referred to as the District of Lake View after the annexation of 1889.
This converted rectory apparently for the Trinity Swedish Evangelical Lutheran has ten condos inside with photos provided below as well as the link above.
Lake View Swedish Church
This converted ‘house of worship’ was constructed in 1908 when our neighborhood was referred to as the District of Lake View after the annexation of 1889.
Lake View Mission Church
originally referred to as the
Swedish Evangelist Lutheran Trinity Church
Seamcraft Building
before SeamCraft the occupant the building was occupied by E.R. Moore Company known for its athletic supplies
above photos - DNA info
with a view of the building with blue prints of conversion
...  Stay tuned for more conversions 
The 60657 Lofts
The Woolworth Building
Screen snapshot of Woolworth's 1994 
from the movie Baby's Day Out
image - LVH contributor Maleah Jo Bataoel
Located in the old commercial district on the corner of School and Lincoln Avenue that was apparently constructed in 
 Before the conversion ...

 During the conversion
the final product ...
photos above - Yo Chicago
Until the 1950's, it was a bank, then it was a shoe store, then a dance studio, and then again a pawn shop according to 
Yo Chicago. The building was expanded to add more floors or lofts. The interiors were completely gutted with blend of existing architecture. Apparently, this particular style of rehab construction is called 'wallpaper'.
The Wellington Tavern
This 1879 house was at one time converted into a bar that will soon be converted into a restaurant according to DNA info. The house was constructed when the neighborhood was within the Township of Lake View. I am sure there are other locations in the hood but just wanted to highlight at least one in this post. 
Reside Living on Barry
707 W Sheridan Road

photos - Reside Living 
Reside Living has been buying older buildings like this 4+1 all across the north-side particularly in our hood that includes this one on West Sheridan Road. Read how it is like to reside in a 500 square foot space. Read more about 4+1 design from Moss Design. In its heyday this property was used to house a theater originally called the Pine Grove Theater in 1914 will several name changes after that. Check out my blog on Theaters Past on this one.
(click on article to enlarge)
 page 2
page images - Neighborhood Banks: 
Landmark Designation Report
view of the building 1990's?
photo - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
Now called The Brundage Building
As for the building that bears his name, it's natural to wonder why, in a neighborhood bursting with redevelopment, the first floor remains vacant and unsightly. "The upper levels of the building were converted to condos seven years ago," explains Bert Fujishima, a realtor who recently sold a couple of units there. "At that time the residential area was kept separate from the commercial. The developer retained control of the ground level, but the condo association and the developer haven't been able to agree on what should go in the ground level." He says the association turned down a bar and restaurant, but other proposals are pending [as of 2000].
Stylinski, the developer, who previously involved in the design and construction of hotels in the suburbs, said that he bought the Brundage Building in 1978 for $185,000, and originally planned to keep it as commercial space according to J. Linn Allen from the Chicago Tribune. It was also mentioned in this article "the condos on the lower floors, which have 10 1/2-foot ceilings, also include massive but pleasingly proportioned pillars created from the furniture showroom and warehouse supports, wall pilasters and heavy, complex moldings".
converted into 30 condo's by 1989
photos - Redfin

Whole Foods on Halsted
a former garage

photos - Roadside Architecture
Center on Halsted Facade Restoration
Designed by David Saul Klafter and built in 1924, the building was originally known as the Sexauer Garage and is noteworthy for its polychrome terra cotta, particularly the winged wheel motif that advertised the building’s original use.

This 1950 Sanborn Fire Map highlights a few garages along Halsted Street one of which was bought by the Chicago Park District - 3630 to 3642 N Halsted Street. The former buildings that once housed the old 46th ward maintenance yard is currently the location of the LBGTQ Senior Center next to Whole Foods - originally a garage.
The Town Hall & 
LGBTQ Senior Community Center
1950 Sanborn Map highlights the garage that could house 250 cars and many other garages including the 
old police Town Hall - 42nd Police District
Whole Foods currently occupies the address from 3616 to 3642. The Center on Halsted building occupies 3644 to 3656 which includes a garage north of the park district garage and the corner stores depicted in this map.
Built between 1894 & 1923 this double spaced garage was renovated into a school for early childhood students in 2015. The renovated building is located 3532 N Halsted off Brompton Place. The building's capacity was 46 autos in 1923. All photos are from me - Garry Albrecht
to now a pre-school ...

This location may have been a Hollywood West (California) styled dance club called the Abbey along the Boystown strip but it did not happen for various reasons - it was the last vintage garage(s) of its size in Lake View.
A Bar Called Justin's
Justin's was the main occupant of the building
  photo Baum Realty Group
 photo - Chicago Cityscape
 photo - DNAinfo
2 photos - their Facebook page
The beer garden apparently will be replaced 
by an annex to the rehabbed building
a conversion photo
photos - Southport Corridor News & Events
A promise to save the facade for future use
but no news is good news?
 above photo - Chicago Magazine
below photo - DNAinfo
 According to DNAinfo the Target Corporation was to make a significant presence in Lake View but initially withdrew a major development plan for the bank building on the corners of Lincoln-Belmont-Ashland. Then in 2014 changed their concept plans for the area and decided to reenter their initial desire and establish an 'express' store but on the other corner of this busy intersection. The new-er owners of the Medic building and the adjacent property south of it razed the building but apparently kept the facade elements, hence maybe  preserving historical value for the neighborhood.

The De-conversion of Houses
some samples ...
This section is about the recycling of a house from multi-family to single family residence. Many houses during the mid-20th century converted to a rental multi-residence to take advantage of an influx of new residents during this time as well as to save their homes from re-development/increase property values that the current owners could not afford. 
De-conversion from existing 2 unit building to single family residence. remove kitchen on second floor and add laundry closet. replace all doors and trim and provide new finish flooring throughout. remove and replace plumbing fixtures in all second floor bathrooms. first floor new kitchen, remove tub, new flooring, trim and doors and provide new interior stairs to existing basement. lower portion of existing basement floor. replace support beams and columns in basement. install new basement windows. hvac is existing with 2 furnaces, minor duct work revised - Chicago Cityscape
De-convert from 2 unit a single family residence, interior and exterior alteration with a new two story one family unit with rear addition and new 3 car detached garage.
 - per Chicago Cityscape.
Affordable Housing
The Parkway Apartments
 In the last couple of years the traditional affordable housing units aka SRO's have become non-existent for various reasons. The Heartland Alliance apparently recognized the demand and as of 2016 began renovations to convert a rental building that was initially a classic 'hotel apartment' constructed in 1930 (per Trulia) from a 124 unit building to a 90 unit per Chicago Cityscape. 
Read more about the SRO's (Single Room Occupancy) of Lake View in my post called Apartment Hotels to SRO. 

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