March 28, 2021

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The Road Map to this Blog
With over 70 Topical Posts
Researcher and Blogger 
Garry Albrecht 
While my blog is to inform, my goal is to inspire further research
The Reason for this Blog
On the corner of Stratford Place and (inner) Lake Shore Drive is Sholom Temple to the north of the block with their parking lot to the south. The Sholom Temple's parking lot is surrounded by six foot tall black ornate metal fence that could have graced historical Hawthorne Place District located one block south of Stratford Place. I was curious about the over-sized lot behind the stately fence. At that moment, I decided I needed to know more about this parking lot and began to research what that building must have looked like within the parking lot fence. This initial narrowly scoped research project of mine was to become a broader research project of my entire neighborhood of Lake View from its beginnings. Due to my membership to the Ravenswood-Lake View Historical Association (one of several Board members) I have sprinkled some photos from the Ravenswood area with it was part of the old township/city of Lake View. I hope you enjoy my adventure and that same adventure becomes yours. 
505 Stratford Place
This blog has 80 topical posts adding more information and text all the time. I could have done a better job on formatting and geo-tagging. I am constantly trying to correct this deficit. Some posts are directly related to others and noted on each post. I began this quest in 2007 and will continue until I find a university library willing to adopt this work of mine. Also, the reader may have to click on an image or article for an enlargement in order to read it. 
I have assembled a collection of my own postcards, press photos, books, and other collectibles that are in four posts that can be found on the right side-bar of each post. The viewer of the blog will need to click on the right side bar to discover all 70 posts. So, click on the year & then the month & then the post. I have tried to place these post in some sort of chronically order. 
I am a Board of Director Member 
Members of Board of the Directors
The Association has a board with directors and three officers elected annually by the membership. 
The 2017 directors & officers are/were:
Patrick Butler, President
 Dayle Murphy, Vice President
Leah Steele, Secretary/Treasurer
Dorena Wenger, Program Chairperson
Garry Albrecht, Associate Director
Peter von Buol, Associate Director
Marcella Kane, Associate Director
Carolyn Bull, Associate Director
Ron Roenigk, Associate Director
Jon Stromsta, Associate Director

One day I would like to branch out and establish 
a non-profit association of my own.
I am not the best writer/typist
so, there may be grammatical or spelling errors, so forgive me and correct me. I may discover new insights in the future, so I regard this blog as a ''living document" to be reshaped by further research and readers' contributions that can be added to any post commentary section provided on the bottom of each post. Everyone is free to contact me on any questions that you may have on the subject of  vintage Lake View as well as the resources used in this blog by emailing me at 
I do have a Facebook page called LakeView Historical that is used to created album narratives from the information collected in my blog as well as information regarding our neighborhood in general. 
Also, feel free to use Twitter using the hashtag LakeViewHistorical
This blog's domain name is protected by Google
and on the bottom of every post is the following in bold type:
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
 me hiding out in Andersonville in 2011
According to my readings the integration of the City of Lake View into the City of Chicago took awhile. I guessing almost a decade. This was a period in time that the former city was referred to as the 'District of Lake View' until the City of Chicago adopted the 'community areas' concept we call neighborhoods. I tend to save photos & articles outside the neighborhood of Lake View if this important to Lake View's story.  I stopped when the City of Chicago adopted the neighbor concept by the 1930 census. It's an arbitrary line of distinction for me and my collecting process.
Exhibit Discussion in 2018
Once a year I exhibit my private collection at 
Sulzer Regional Library in the month of October
My Entire List of Blog Posts
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 My Various Sources:
The photos I post in this blog reflect the location found and not the original publication or original distributors of the photo. I did this to encourage others to clean-out their storage closets & attics and find anything related to this subject. Below are web resources I explored for this blog. I refer back to these sources from time to time. 
Online Tools
 Online Sources & Resources
(subject to change) 
Ravenswood - Lake View Community Collection
Chicago Public Library - Newspapers
Chicago Public Library - Northside Collection
(Chicago library card # required)
(Chicago library card # required)
Fullerton to Devon
HIG 1887 - Volume 9
Fullerton to Devon
HIG 1891- Volume 10 
(1886 & revised in 1891)
South of Irving Park Road
HIG 1894  - Volume 9
HIG 1923  - Volume 9
HIG 1950  - Volume 9 
(1923 & revised in 1950)
North of Irving Park Road
(Library of Congress)
(until 1937)
(from 1923)
Chicago, The Garden City 
(Lincoln Park, Boulevards & Cemeteries)
Chicago and Cook County Cemeteries
(all cemeteries section)
Lake View Pumping Station & Crib
(registration required)
DNAinfo Lake View & Wrigleyville
(out of business November 2017)
DNAinfo Boystown
(out of business November 2017)
Facebook Pages of Interest
Forgotten Chicago Discussion Group

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Index
Google-books Sources:
1) Chicago and it's Suburbs by Everett Chamberlin published in 1874. Please scroll to page 343 to start from the beginning. This publication, as well as the next one covers the Township of Lake View. The community of Ravenswood is on page 370.
2) History of Cook County: The History of Lake View  Township by Theodore Andreas published in 1884 - begin on page 708. The Community of Ravenswood is mentioned on page 712.
4) Historical Review of Chicago & Cook County: published 1908  
5) Northsiders: Essays on the History and Culture 
 of the Chicago Cubs published in 2008 has more modern prospective of the Community of Lake View.
there were two publications
1837-1974 & 1837-1985

images from the book - photos Ebay
Helen Zatterberg Manuscript 1937
The first known account of the history of Lake View
Ravenswood-Lake View (Society) Association Founder
Helen Zatterberg  
Ms. Zatterberg help found the Ravenswood-Lake View Historical Society in 1934. I am member of the now called Association as well as one of the Board of Directors. Below is an account in 1940.
this article written and submitted by Helen Zatterberg
who was the Secretary-Historian of the Ravenswood-Lake View Association in 1940.The collectibles of old Lake View and Ravenswood are housed in the Sulzer Regional Library, a member library of Chicago Public Library system initially once housed at Hild Library in Lincoln Square neighborhood. The 'Society' originally had its own building on the corner of Montrose and Hermitage Avenue. - image of it below.
The Homes of the
Ravenswood-Lake View Historical Association
the first location of the collection - Libaray Hall
 the second location of the collection - Hild Library
with the third location below - Sulzer Regional Library
 the current location of the library
Sulzer Regional Library - 1985
the collection is housed in its own section of the library
photos below - Garry Albrecht
in library's lobby

Day One at Sulzer Library 1985

My Exhibit in 2017
Sulzer Regional Library had an 'open house' that year and I was invited to show some of my private collection. My collection has tripled its size as of 2020
My Personal Collection
When I had the money to collected memorabilia about the 
history of Lake View I did most of my purchases 
mostly from Ebay between 2017-2018. 
the book collection
the album collection
memorabilia stuffed in my closet
The Nomadic Historian - Me
Any organization who needs me for an event can email me at
Tools for the Collection
 stereoscope viewer

 slide scanner

Post Notes: 
Explore the countless photography from various contributors of 
Lake View from Flickr, as a starter mosaic to my over seventy blog posts on the history of Lake View. 
The Name and Addresses
Finding street addresses and street names in Chicago prior to 1909 can be a bit a task. This video can help that process along. This 
pdf file is the bible of discovery on address changes and this pdf is a quick and easy way of finding the history of names of the streets.
My Other Blog
I moved to Oak Lawn in 2014 to live with my 90ish old father leaving Lake View far behind, unfortunately. In 2020 due to the boredom of the Covid-19 virus I drafted a short history of Oak Lawn along with my family's history when they moved to it in 1955. Contrary to the Lake View Blog this one is rather short having only four posts.
The List of Posts

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 from the original source - thanks!