April 19, 2011

Recording Change by the UIC

There is was and Now it's Not
This is a collection of random images from the University of
Illinois-Chicago's Image Collections that highlights changes in building development that according to the university collection biography section changed the then existing landscape of our neighborhood. 
My scope was the lakefront to Ravenswood Avenue, Montrose to Diversey Parkway. My methodology of gathering was to keyword a street name & collect whatever popped-up that pertained to our neighborhood. The caption address to each photo is linked to enlarged photo image that will allow the view to digitally enlarge image that was initially from a 35mm film negatives.

500 block of Diversey Parkway - view west
2016 Google View
1748 W Diversey Parkway
2016 Google View
320 W Oakdale Avenue
2016 Google View
About the Architect
'Milton Schwartz was a modernist Chicago architect best known for later buildings like the Hotel 71 (formerly the Executive House) on Wacker Drive and the now-demolished Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas. But as a young man—just 29 years old—he created one of Chicago’s slickest modernist buildings, 320 W. Oakdale. Schwartz was the builder on a somewhat conventional building across the street. But for this project, completed in 1954, Schwartz served as both the builder and the architect. A striking new structure was the result. Set atop a set of black pillars and a glass-box ground-level lobby, the stack of rectangular, concrete-ribbed floors seemed to float above the street. Schwartz divided the top floor, the 21st between two penthouses, one facing for himself and his wife, Audrey; and the other for his in-laws for they never moved in' according to Real Estate.
The only duplex in the building - one half on the 20th floor and the other on the 21st floor became marketable in in 2017 after 61 years with the same owner according to Crib Chatter.
Illinois Masonic Hospital
Building #6
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2016 Google View
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Saint Alphonsus Church

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