March 28, 2021

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The Road Map to this Blog
With over 70 Topical Posts
last revision 
Researcher and Blogger 
Garry Albrecht 
While my blog is to inform, my goal is to inspire further research
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The Reason for this Blog
On the corner of Stratford Place and (inner) Lake Shore Drive is Temple Sholom that has this inclused parking lot to the south accross the street on Stratford Place. The 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. Living on just a stone-throw away from the temple I was curious about the over-sized lot behind this stately fence. At that moment, I decided I needed to know more about this parking lot and began to research what could have been behind this fence before it became a car lot. 
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. I began with Ravenswood-Lake View Historical Association (I am one of several board members) and then branched off from there that would soon include images/photos from contributors from social media pages always trying my best to make sure to credit the contributors. I am constantly updating and editing my work - keeping it real and authenic as possible. 
As subsitute teacher, I welcome constructive criticisms that are meaningfull to my work - to our work! 
the parking lot at 505 Stratford Place
This blog has over 70 topical posts - adding more information and photo/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 at the beginng to each post. I began this research in 2007 in my apartment on Stratford Place and continue my work in Oak Lawn. I will continue until I find a university library willing to adopt this type of online work. 
I have assembled a collection of purchased postcards, press photos, books, and collectibles mostly from Ebay - my offine work. 
I am a Board of Director Member of
Members of Board of the Directors
The Association has a board with directors and three officers elected annually by the membership. 
The 2017 board of directors 
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

I am not the best writer/typist
... so, there may be grammatical or spelling errors, so forgive me 
and correct me. 
I may always discovering new research insights 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 comment 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.
  Below is a dashboard view of over 160 Facebook Albums
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 from the original source
 me hiding out in Andersonville in 2011
Historical Coverage includes the township of, city of, district of, and finally the community of Lake View.
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 refer to as neighborhoods. The territory covered by this blog is Fullerton Avenue to Devon Avenue, Western Avenue to the existing lakefront at that time in history. My focus narrows as after the historical period Lake View became one of the 77 official community areas in the City of Chicago. 
image - The New York Times
A Exhibit with Discussion in 2018
'I go on the road'
photos from the exhibit 
Once a year I exhibit my private collection at 
Sulzer Regional Library in the month of October
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 My Various Research 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 units, closets & attics so to discover anything related to this subject. Below are web resources I explored/used 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 library card # required)
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)
Some Facebook Pages of Interest
Forgotten Chicago Discussion Group

Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Index
the vintage Google Maps
(need a Chicago Library Card to access)
Finding Number & Street Name Changes
Finding street addresses and street names in Chicago prior to 1909 can be a bit of a task. This video can help that process along. 
This pdf file is the bible of discovery on address number changes while  this pdf is a quick way of finding the changes of street names.
Some Google-book 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.
the first book
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 established the Ravenswood-Lake View Historical (Society) in 1934. I am member of the now called 'Association' as well as one of its Board of Directors. 
Below is an account of its founding 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 vintage Lake View and Ravenswood are housed in the Sulzer Regional Library, a member library of Chicago Public Library system initially that was once housed at Hild Library in Lincoln Square. The 'Society' originally had its own building on the corner of Montrose and Hermitage Avenue.
The Homes of the
Ravenswood-Lake View Historical Association
the first home 
called Library Hall that was once located at southwest corner of 
Montrose & Hermitage
 the second location of the collection - Hild Library
with the third location below - Sulzer Regional Library
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 First Exhibit at Sulzer 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 since then.
My Personal Collection at Home - Storage
some of my book collection
some of my album collection
memorabilia stuffed in my closet for future exhibits
The Nomadic Historian
Any organization who needs me for an event can email me at
Vintage 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. 

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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.