January 28, 2012

The Land & Real Estate

Changing the Face 
of Lake View
This post is about land & real estate and significant planned developments since the 19th century. 
The post is divided into
The Land
& then
Vintage Real Estate
& finally
More Recent Real Estate Changes
The 'Halsted Flats' development on Halsted Street near Grace
that was once the location of Bismarck Gardens
as the population expands so does development
before westward expansion
27 years before the formation 
of Lake View Township 
the landscape transformed
11 years after the annexation of the City of Lake View 

by the City of Chicago 
 the suburban explosion 
... 20 years after the creation of official city neighborhoods
region under pressure
growth with a new planned developmental concepts 
and below
the impending threat
(interactive map)
Lake View Area
Belmont Harbor Area

'Chicago's present natural geography is a result of the large glaciers of the Ice Age, namely the Wisconsinan Glaciation that carved out the modern basin of Lake Michigan (which formed from the glacier's meltwater). The city of Chicago itself sits on the Chicago Plain, a flat plain that was once the bottom of ancestral Lake Chicago. This plain has very little topographical relief; in fact, topographical relief is so unusual in the plain that what would be unnoticed hills and ridges in other locales have been given names. The highest natural point within the city limits is in the Beverly neighborhood at 41°42′12.5″N 87°40′37″W at 672 ft (205 m). In pioneer days, this hill was called Blue Island, so named because at a distance it looked like an island set in a trackless prairie sea. In fact, it and the nearby Stony Island were both islands in Lake Chicago as it receded. On the North side, the diagonals Clark Street and Ridge Boulevard run along ridges that were once sandbars in the lake.' - Wikipedia

'Annexation ended for two reasons: the city was growing too large and unwieldy to manage, and it hit a wall of suburban resistance. We courted Oak Park and Evanston, but, with well-established identities as railroad suburbs, they turned us down. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District allowed suburbs to buy water from Chicago, and neighboring towns developed their own city services, often better than Chicago’s. Then, in the white flight era following World War II, suburban addresses became a class symbol.
Chicago doesn’t have the motivation to grow either. The city makes more money selling its water to suburbs than to its own residents. Struggling suburbs such as Riverdale and Dolton might benefit from joining Chicago, because their property tax rates are so much higher but absorbing another municipality could be a strain on the city’s budget.' - Chicago Magazine
The Chicago Plan of 1909
Daniel Burnham is best known for his admonition to “make no little plans.” He studied the great cities of the world and developed an approach to urban planning that was distinctive in being comprehensive, systematic and regional. Language from the 1909 Plan provides principles that continue to guide planning and development in the Chicago region today or does it??
images - The Chicago Plan
A Landowner
William B Ogden

'In 1837, he was elected the first mayor of Chicago, serving a single one-year term. From 1840 through 1841, he served on the Chicago Common Council as an alderman from the 6th Ward. From 1847 through 1848, he served as an alderman from the 9th Ward. Ogden was a booster of Chicago both during and after his tenures in elected office. At the time he came to Chicago, its buildings were largely wood cabins, it lacked sidewalks and decent bridges, it had no paved roads, and it lacked water supply infrastructure. As a politician he advocated for the city to raise tax revenue for new roads, plank sidewalks, and bridges (which he presented designs of his own for). He also used his own wealth to fund improvements to the city's infrastructure.' - Wikipedia

He, also, owned land in the Township of Lake View according to this 1870 Van Vechten map (X's marks the spots). According to this map he owned over 700 arces from Irving Park Road to Diversey Parkway, Western Avenue to apparently Southport (guessing about Southport) - not a road at this time. Some of his properties were co-owned. One piece was owned around Andersonville & Rose Hill areas (view sectional below). As a side note, the Chicago 's north border was just North Avenue when Ogden was mayor. North Avenue was given in 1837 as the north boundary of city until 1862 when territory went as far north as Fullerton and the southern boundary of the Ciy of Lake View, former township was annexed.

zoomed view below
The mayor also co-owned (Miller) 76 arces of property in Andersonville to Rose Hill area along the Metra tracks
another view of the sectional above
when land meets building
The Estates 
of Lake View Township
by Everett Chamberlin 1874
This is a large township extending north from the [Chicago] city limits a distance of over 5 miles and from the lake shore west from two to three miles. The south boundary is but two and a half miles from Clark street bridge. Its natural features are among the best in the vicinity of Chicago. The wooded section in the southern edge of which Lincoln park is situated extends along the lake shore far to the north and many miles beyond the northern limits of Lake View. This gives the place the very desirable advantage of grove lots throughout its length and breadth and affords many very pretty residence sites which have been largely taken advantage of by citizens of Chicago whose means enabled them to enclose large lots and build handsome homes upon them. The place is thickly settled as a consequence of these advantages and its nearness to business centers in Chicago The area of the township is about ten square miles. The lands in Lake View attracted early attention. The settlement dates back over a period of twenty years and many of the lots having during this long stretch of years been subjected to constant improvement the place bears something of the appearance of the older suburbs about the cities in the East. Viewed from the observatory of the new United States Marine [Federal/Veteran]Hospital the whole village resembles a beautiful park. [Founded in 1857 and finally] incorporated in 1865 is in the hands of a Board of Trustees [in accordance to Illinois law].
Property along the lake shore within a mile of the park [Lincoln Park] is worth $100 per foot. North of the park values range from $75 to $45 per foot according to its distance from the city [of Chicago]. The principal owners are Messrs. B.F. Culver, W.K. Nixon, Maj. Goodwin, S.B. Chase, J.H. Rees, J.V. Le Moyne, Hubbard Boyden, J.B. Walker, H.G. Spafford, F. Tyler, and others. A majority of these owners are holding surplus land for certain increase [investment].  - Chicago and It's Suburbs by Everett Chamberlin
The Land Owners:
by Chicago and It's Suburbs by Everett Chamberlin
Daniel Goodman
Major Daniel Goodwin owns near the Marine [Federal] Hospital [between Montrose & Irving Park Road along the lakefront] a beautiful home of 6 acres of tastefully ornamented grounds surrounding it. He purchased the grounds in 1871 for $30,000.
Frank W Palmer
Mr. B F Culver has done at least as much as any other party for the development of the town. He first purchased a tract of ten acres in 1866 paying $600 for it and ten [more] acres in the following year paying $1,500 per acre. These two pieces of property lie between Wellington Street, Barry Avenue, the Evanston 'dummy' Road [Broadway], and Lake View Avenue and sell now at $125 per front foot. In 1868 he bought property in Baker's subdivision at $20 per foot which has increased to $100 per foot. The property known as Culver's Lake Front Addition was bought in 1870 at $6,000 per acre. It now sells at $100 per foot. Mr. Culver built the beautiful Italian villa and later sold it to Hon. Frank W Palmer. Mr. Culver has spent much of his time [with his] expended large sums of money for the benefit of the locality and deserves the prominent mention given above. This is located on Barry Avenue and was erected at an expense of $24,000. It is full two stories and attic story in height of a very handsome design both outside and in. The main entrance on the south side of the dwelling is massive and ornamented with a handsome lower at the west side of it which extends above the roof and culminates in a large & tastefully finished observatory. The bay features seen at the west end are among the most attractive arrangements about this building & afford a view to the north/south & west of the elaborately adorned and extensive grounds about. The interior of the house is  finished in hard woods & arranged with symmetry & taste. 
W.C. Goudy
instrumental in the creation of Lincoln Park, the park
and a Lincoln Park Board Commissioner 1886-1893
The residence of Mr. Goudy is in Wrightwood [Avenue] fronting on Green Bay Road, an extension of Clark Street just north of Fullerton avenue, to the limit of the city [of Chicago]. The house was erected in 1865 at an expense of more than $20,000 and the ground with the present improvement is now worth $50,000. It stands on a beautiful ridge so that the basement story is above the surface of the ground in the rear and the main entrance is only two or three steps above it in front. The style of architecture is exhibited by the engraving. The grounds are ornamented with shrubbery, flowers and fountains and covered with native trees. The front proper is upon Green Bay Road but opposite is a front with a large veranda overlooking Lincoln Park [the park itself] and Lake Michigan furnishing an unobstructed and magnificent view from every window. There is no place combining better the advantages of city and country[side] than this spot. 
J.B. Waller
Mr. J.B. Waller owns 53 acres of improved property worth. 
The house is a very large one of a very substantial build and looks like the fine old mansions to be seen in long settled districts. The reader can judge of the liberal outlay needed to build such a house and adorn the grounds about it by a glance. The cupola commands a view of Lake Michigan and a large radius of country around [at or near the St. Mary of the Lake Church]. The material of the house is brick. The interior is elaborately finished in hardwood and its fine apartments are spacious pleasant and comfortable. The cost of the structure was about $75,000.
J.A. Huck
The spacious grounds surrounding Mr. Huck's house compare favorably with the best planned of those before mentioned. They front 500 feet on Fullerton Avenue and extend south on Clark Street 600 feet. Although the outside of the house is of plain and simple architecture there are few dwellings more comfortably arranged inside. The first floor is devoted to parlors, dining room, family sleeping apartments, and kitchen The second floor contains a large chamber parlor and several sleeping rooms with all modern appliances and improvements. The site is valued at $225,000. Mr. Huck owns also a fine tract of twenty acres adjoining Ravenswood in Lake View [Township] and has sown it to grass, a preparation for subdivision, and sale in lots and blocks next spring. 
and bio via Library of Congress
photo - Library of Congress
Anna Spafford's album
The Spafford's cottage home was located on a triangular lot containing five acres in one of the most attractive spots in Lake View [Township]. Below are 1887 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps of the location of their home/property.
 the general area - property to the lower left
with a zoomed view below
The lot is bounded by Evanston [Avenue] (Broadway) on the west Halsted Street, Graceland Avenue (Irving Park Road) on the south. Just across Halsted Street is the site of the U.S. Marine [federal] Hospital and on the south were the [gardens] grounds owned by S.H. Kerfoot. So that on the south and east an extensive and beautiful lawn prospect stretches instead of a view blocked by rows of buildings. Mr. Spafford has improved his home site in a very artistic manner with a large outlay. His homestead is worth $7500.
For many years prominently identified with the real estate business owns about seventy acres near the Marine Hospital. [This federal hospital was constructed between 1869-72 and was demolished by 1960.] He purchased the original tract in 1853 paying $100 per acre. He began making improvements at that time and has continued them ever since until now the land is worth on the lake shore from $100 to $150 per foot and elsewhere its value ranges from $40 to $70 per foot. He has improved so many of his blocks by planting extra trees in regular order opening up & grading and graveling walks & drives in various other ways beautifying them that it is hard to tell which he calls his home. At present he occupies a very tastefully arranged cottage on a block of nine acres highly ornamented but his plans for his permanent dwelling on his large and exquisite grounds extending to the lake shore promise a homestead and surroundings unequaled in the vicinity of Chicago. Some of the single blocks in Mr. Kerfoot's interest are worth $125,000.
Kerfoot's Garden along the Lake
text - 'Constructing Chicago'
Some Forgotten Houses 
of Old Lake View
from a pdf called 'Daniel O'Hill Preliminary Summary'

Mapping Property Values
Lake View Township was founded in 1857 until 1887 when the City of Lake View from 1887-1889 was annexed to Chicago. 
some of the original land owners
Check out this 1870 Van Vechten map of Cook County (zoom) and discover who owned tracts of property back then. Some names will be recognizable like the first mayor of the City of Chicago W.B. Ogden. Mr. Ogden's property values - about $1.25 - $2 bucks per square mile. Another early landowner according to a publication called Lake View Saga was George Snow when his lands were an mentioned as unincorporated area of Cook County.
Land values from 1868 to 1872 of the township
between Belmont and Fullerton Avenues along the lakefront tripled from 1868 to 1872 particularly along Wellington and Barry Avenues selling $125 per sq. mile.
map - University of Chicago Library
Real Estate in 1882
1892 map
 Three years after the City of Lake View
annexation with the City of Chicago
1928 map
 Property values of the area that would that was 
once called Lake View Township/City
A Growth Timeline
 The years as a Township, City, District, and then 
Community of Lake View 1857-1933
The Gross Park Area 
of Lake View in 1887
Advertisement from
Gross Point on Henderson-Facebook 
images below 
 'Lake View' by Matthew Nickerson
advertisement 1887-89 
when Lake View was a city in Illinois
 as of 1882
Prices of the Flat (apt) in 1891
Three years earlier the City of Lake View 
and 3 townships were annexed. 
The Elevated was planned effecting private property
Two Decades Later...
The 1920's were boom years for old Lake View 
per this 1927 Chicago Tribune article
Type of Housing in Chicago 
via Chicago Cityscape
written by Della Hansmann
This type of dwelling design is a staple of our neighborhood. This design consists of stacked apartment units with matching plans the Greystone multi-flat unit is easy to construction and replicate. Small variations in the facade make each unit seem unique but the same building methods could be used over and over again – much to the builder’s convenience. Further, by stacking several units, and placing the access door behind a shared porch, the multi-flat units were hard to distinguish from a larger single-family home.  A street of two and three story Greystones give an impressive sense of density, cohesiveness and even grandeur that a street of smaller individual cottages or larger apartment blocks don’t have.
A standard bearer in the north-side particularly in our neighborhood this type of dwelling-form ensures that, regardless of who owned or built on the adjacent properties, this assembly of units will always have a little patch of green space in their tiny interior court.  What’s more they all have access (both to airflow and view and for physical exits) to both the interior court side of the building and the exterior with its tiny porch/fire stair exits. Read more about this design form from Moss Designs from the above link that include great illustrations! Read more from Moss Designs - above link that include great illustrations! 
Four Plus One apartments are often described as exploiting a loophole in the zoning code.  Its more accurate to say that they were simply a residential building type which was allowed by the Chicago code … until it was actively dis-allowed in 1971 a city council measure requiring that all developers provide one parking spot per dwelling unit in zones R4 and higher.The original code allowed for residential buildings no higher than four floors to be constructed with masonry exterior walls and wood interior framing in Zones R-5 and above. Read more from Moss Designs 
- above link that include great illustrations! 
Although this classification is about the downtown area then our neighborhood we do have a structure on Waveland Avenue that can called a 'scaper'. It's called The New York. 
Read more from Moss Designs from the above link that include great illustrations! 
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 barely touched the old Township of Lake View. Several factors played into the fact; one was the weather but also the sparseness of buildings north of Fullerton Avenue –the northern border with Chicago. These tiny buildings were built as short-term shelter solutions immediately after the fire, these modest homes originally featured pretty much just … exterior walls and a roof. More than five thousand were built in one month to house families without homes through that first winter of 1871. Due to the size of the structure and township building codes at the time (wood dwellings were still allowed) these types of buildings may not been the dwelling of choice by the township residents. Read more about this type of building design from Moss Designs from the above link that include great illustrations! 
While mostly located in other locations then in Lake View bungalows are regarded as modest single family homes, with full basement, first floor and slant-ceilinged attic above.  They are caped by low pitched roof with overhanging eves and entered through a front door off to one side, next to a wide bay of living room windows.   The Chicago bungalow is brick faced, with decorative stone trim and wooden (sometimes leaded glass) windows. Read more from Moss Designs from the above link 
that includes great illustrations! 
by Curious City - WBEZ
'The 1920 census shows the street lined with two-flats [were] occupied by second generation Czech, German, and Polish immigrants in their 40's and 50's, raising Chicago-born teenagers. [They] included butchers, policemen, bookkeepers, bricklayers and librarians.' - read more from above link
Rent Control Ends in 1953
Edward Kelly was mayor from 1933-1947
Land Use for Public Housing
'The federal public housing program started as part of the Housing Act of 1937, passed during the New Deal. First intended to be a jobs program and slums-clearing effort, public housing was the result of powerful grassroots organizing. Social justice advocates like Catherine Bauer of the Regional Planning Association of America mobilized massive public support for the movement for government-sponsored housing, i.e., public housing.'
This map & table reflect public housing 
during the periods between 1935 and 1946
A New Concept 
in Urban Planning by 1942: 
Planned Developments 
This 1942 map and legend reflect areas created by city administrators who believed in 'planned development' by 
pin pointing selected areas of future development.
Planned development is a means of 'land regulation' which promotes large scale, unified land development by means of mid-range, realistic programs in chase of physically curable, social and economic deficiencies in land use. Where appropriate, this planned development should control and promote the following:
1) A mixture of both land uses and dwelling types with at least one of the land uses being regional in nature. 
2) The clustering of residential land uses providing public and common open space. 
 3) Increased administrative discretion to a local professional planning staff while setting aside present land use regulations and rigid plat approval processes.
4) The enhancement of the bargaining process between the developer and government municipalities which in turn strengthens the municipality’s site plan review and control over development for potentially increased profits due to land efficiency, multiple land uses, and increased residential densities.
Vacant Dwellings 
and Mortgage Risk Areas
a 1934 map and table
According to my research during the Great Depression years the northwest section of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road was occupied by homeless folks who lived in paper tar shacks.
1938 Depression Era 
Mortgage Risk 
 I'm assuming A is better then B?
Vacant Land 
as of 1945
(click on map to enlarge)
Housing Plans 
as of 1945
(click on map to enlarge)
The Growth of Subdivisions
'The creation of a subdivision was often the first step toward the creation of a new incorporated township or town. Contemporary notions of subdivisions rely on the Lot and Block Survey System
which became widely used in the 19th century as a means of addressing the expansion of cities from surrounding farmland. While this method of property identification was useful for purposes of conveyancing, it did not address the overall impacts of expansion and the need for a comprehensive approach to planning communities. This kind of survey system starts with a large tract of land. Then the large parcel is broken up into smaller lots. After this, a map of these tracts is created. Each one of the tracts is given a number or letter. The land is then drawn out on paper and archived by a civil servant. From that point on, this map of the lot is legal.'
Land Occupied 
by Dwellings  
1857 to 1933
(disregard the harbor drawings until after 1916 & 1932)
1844 - 1860
Lake View Township were established in 1857.
The shaded area nearest the lake was called the Pine Grove
The City of Lake View was annexed by the City of Chicago in 1889 as well many other township west and south. The City of Chicago doubled its' territory in 1889 and its' value as a city.
Paying the 
Tax Man
This March 1889 letter was issued when Lake View was a city. 
photos - Ebay 
Property Values are still Assessed 
under the Township Name 
and an unpopular form of taxation even back in 1895
a sample 1895 tax bill 
for Lake View Township residents - Ebay
 sent to a resident on 1753 Robey (3200 block of Fremont)
from an assessors office at 622 (2701) Lincoln Avenue
Sample Research
William Knoke 

Exterior view of 2937 N. Clark Street with a pre-1909 address of 1490 N Clark. William Knoke was a partner in a grist mill business - grain that is ground to make flour and owned rental properties in Lake View according to Ravenswood- Lake View Community Collection/Chicago Public Library. With additional research I discovered by 1903 he lived at (1690) 634 Wellington near his original home along Clark Street  by 1903 he moved1891 Rascher's Atlas1894 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map

The Lehmann Estates
& its
*according to Chicago Daily News*
One of the wealthest holders of land and property in the township/city and district of Lake View was the LJ Lehmann Family in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.The Lehmann Famiy and their trust owned land from Oakdale to Diversey - possible as south of Wrightwood, from the existing lakefront to Sheridan Road. The descendants of EJ would own mansions along the then called Sheridan Road (inner LSD) in the early 20th century. 
Here are a set of articles along with some photos 
that stress this point. 
The articles begin with the ownship and the wealth leveged from it by the ownership of a department store called The Fair once located on State Street in the 19th & 20th century.
The Wealth
1891 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
of his family home
District of Lake View
*Lake View was annexed in 1889*
According to the article above EJ Lehmann resided at the pre1909 address of 1326 Clark Street in 1900 (& for a few decades before)
zoomed below
accross the street & just south on Clark from the Limits Barn
Visit my post called Northside Transport on the Limits Car-Barn
zoomed further below to expose the address
Upon the Death 
of his Wife
1908 photo - The Examiner
Augusta Lehmann
The Lehmann's 
Planned Developments:
in 1897
*Apparently, the building was never built*
A Planned Development
in 1911
*Apparently, the building was never built*
The Lehmann Properties
in 1911
Augusta Lehmann 
sells property that was bought in 1917
by her husband who bought it in 1901
The buidings are currently called 
Commodore & Green Brier
postcard - part of my collection
The Lessing  & Annex Apartments
The Lessing Apartments were/are across Surf Street
currently called the
 Commodore & Green Brier Apartments
Augusta Lehmann Property
 sold in 1922 
Another Attempt 
for a Planned Development 
in the area in 1928 but never happened
*Apparently, the building was never built*
Lehmann's demand change in 
zonning in 1927
The Homeless Incampment
in 1931
a 1936 view of the area
photo -IDOT
The Contract 
of 1904 due to change
(see related article above)
Lehmann Estate's 
last chunk of Property sold
*to be St. Joesph's Hospital*
with a interesting note
St Joe's in 1959
Chicago Daily Tribune
More on the former 
Lessing & Lessing Annex
Refitted for the Veterans 
of WWII in 1942 

Saving & Restoring 
the Buildings in 1984 

The Building/Street
Landscape of Vintage Lake View:
1826 Wellington 
post 1909 address of 
534 W Wellington Avenue
brochure - Art Institute of Chicago
apparently sold in by 1894 and demo'ed in the 1960's
and in 1971 replaced by a 4+1 building
1894 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map of its location
a conversion page of the address
above the X
1830 Wellington
post 1909 address of
528 W Wellington Avenue
a 1962 illustration -  Art Institute of Chicago
It's Replacement
The Largest Concentration of Apartment-Hotels
in Old Lake View
1923 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
a more detail view in another post
from Broadway to Pine Grove,
Oakdale to Diversey Parkway
The 1923 List
Oakdale Apartment-Hotel
Green Brier Apartment-Hotel (former Lessing)
Commodore Apartment-Hotel (former Lessing Annex)
Surf Apartment-Hotel
Pine Grove Apartment-Hotel 
Cambridge Apartment-Hotel
also in the map above
Brewster Apartments
Hotel Rienza

Sheridan Road/Briar Place 
Building in 1914

Sheridan Road/Roscoe 
in 1919

another view of it ...
According to Susan Reibman Groff this building was featured by the Art Institute in its 1989-90 calendar. Described by architect Peter J. Weber as “the building which solves the servant problem” because it provided rooms and baths on the first floor for chauffeurs and butlers. Additional quarters for “help” were in a roof-story added at the west end of the building. The French Neo-Classical façade is Bedford stone. The north carriage entrance on the right has a 
porte-cochère/a porch where vehicles stop to discharge passengers.
 3314 & 3330 Sheridan Road
                                in 1918
views of 3330 Sheridan Road below
photos - Jim Martin

 interior view below
views from the harbor below

 pre-1920 view above 
1918-19 below photo per Jim Martin

'In 1913, Hallberg brought his son into partnership.  Like his father, Lawrence Gustav Hallberg, Jr. (1887-1971) had been academically trained—he received a degree in architecture from Cornell University. The two practiced together for only two years before Hallberg, Sr., passed away. Following in his father’s footsteps, Hallberg, Jr., created a number of significant local buildings. A Beaux Arts style luxury apartment building at 3314 N. Lake Shore Drive is among them.' - Julia Bachrach Consulting

3520-3524 Sheridan Road 
in 1923
image - Art Institute of Chicago
A Bief in 1923
1933 Ad - Chicagoan
Sheridan Road/Aldine Avenue 
in 1926

(Patterson Avenue)
in 1925
 3800 Sheridan Road
Sheridan/Grace Apartments
in 1926
1933 ad - Chicagoan
 N Sheridan Road
The 637-41 Aldine Avenue 
in 1929
The 507 Aldine 
advertisement - The Chicagoan
The 424-30 Briar Place 
in 1926
3240 Sheridan Road 
in 1926
ad below - The Chicagoan 
and it evolution
Mayor 'Big Bill' Thompson lived here!
once at northwest corner of Belmont & inner Lake Shore Drive
photo - Forgotten Chicago
text - Uncle Mame The Life Of Patrick Dennis by Eric Myers
The Property's
Beginning along the 
existing lakefront
This residence was owned by Samuel Chase 
who co-owned a company that saved the property deeds 
out of the Chicago Fire of 1871. 
After the fire his family moved here 1875.
1887 Rascher's Atlas
X marks the spot
before Sheridan Road & N Lake Shore Drive
zoomed view below
1894 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
Sheridan Road would be constructed soon after
Lake View Avenue would be renamed from Diversey northward
zoomed view below

home replaced by
The Lochby Court Apartments
the name was keep for location purposes
1923 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
zoomed below
and then its replacement in 1962
by Harbor House
a renovated condo in 2018
photos - VHT Studios
 photos - Curbed Chicago
(originally 1847 Wellington)
George Rounsavell Residence
 image - Art Institute of Chicago
339 W Wellington Avenue
Mrs. Montgomery Ward Residence
 built in 1915
alternations in 1925 
 all images - Art Institute of Chicago
426 Surf Street
The Broadway-Halsted 
located just south of Grace on Broadway 
The Barry Apartments 
by 1925
3100 N Sheridan Road
1932 ad - Chicago
1925 full page ad - Ebay
The 433-37 Briar Place 
in 1926
 page 2

The 424 Melrose Co-op
in 1926
Financing for 
422-25 Melrose 

425 W Roscoe Street 
built in 1927
photo - Chuckman Collection
with some current views of the interior
by Apartment People 

Melrose/Sheridan Co-op
in 1927
at the northwest corner
of Inner LSD & Melrose
Intersection of inner Lake Shore Drive & Melrose Avenue in 1932
with auto heading to the Outer Drive
One year earlier the inner Drive was called Sheridan Road from Belmont Avenue to just north of Grace Street
The Eddystone 
521 W Melrose Street 
a Zillow 2020 photo view 
the Mega Building 
that Wasn't
image below - Forgotten Chicago
text below Chicago History Museum
'The Eddystone is located at 521 West Melrose Street in Lake View, with its location highlighted in pink above and below. Designed by Holabird & Roche as the first section of what was also known as the Sheridan Towers cooperative apartment project, The Eddystone had the unfortunate opening date of October 1929, the same month as the great stock market crash. The remainder of Sheridan Towers / The Eddystone illustrated above would never be built. If built it would have been the largest and tallest Chicago apartment building. An examination of The Eddystone reveals it was indeed planned to be a part of a much larger project, most notably its largely windowless walls facing prime skyline and Lake Michigan views where the rest of this apartment building was planned to connect to the Sheridan Towers project. Another building on the planned site of Sheridan Towers would not be built until decades after the completion of this odd and enduring relic of the Great Depression.'
below 1960's photo - Photographic Images of Change 
University of Illinois at Chicago
pre 1936 photos - Chicago History Museum
3532-50 N Pine Grove 
in 1938

 And then next to it in 1948 ...
The 3520-30 Pine Grove
a 2017 Google view

The Meekerville Town Houses
in 1940
currently a historical district

in 1951
(view entire pamphlet)
 3180 N Lake Shore Drive
(Lake Shore-Belmont Apartments)
in 1953

floor plan - Art Institute of Chicago 
3950 Lake Shore Drive
in 1955
between Barry/Briar &
Sheridan Road & inner Lake Shore Drive
that was surrounded by a cement fence
A High-Rise Replaced the Enclosure
in 1962
3470 Lake Shore Drive
in 1967
28 story condo building 
428 W Wellington Avenue 
by 1960
 2007 view - Google Maps
with a plan of the apartments in 1960

Hawthorne House 
in 1965
3450 N Lake Shore Drive
For decades this property's only occupant were billboards.
but in 1965 and the last high-rise rental on inner LSD
A 1963 advertisement
The 336 W Wellington Building
in 1963

Pine Grove 
3639 Pine Grove 
Those 4+1's 
Four Floors & basement-like Garage
by Living History of Illinois & Chicago-Facebook
and Forgotten Chicago 
The simplest definition of a Four Plus One is a five story apartment building where the first floor consists of the lobby and a parking lot. It is often cited as a building type that is unique to Chicago. Most of these buildings were constructed during the 1960's to solve the problem of over-crowding due to urban renewal, particularly from the Lincoln Park area. 
416 Barry Avenue
The Barry Apartments
No More '4 Plus 1's' 
The Plus & Minus of 4+1's in 1985

Other 4+1 Samples:
1959 photos - University of Illinois/Chicago
Photographic Images of Change
540 W Melrose
451 W Melrose
535 Briar Place
455 W Wellington
in the 2010's
I resided in this building from 1993-2014. Reside Living bought the building in 2012 and completely rehabbed it. I enjoyed both experiences until I was priced out
1950 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
X marks the spot where 4 plus 1's replaced single family dwellings. There were more. Below is a zoomed view. My building 525 did not exist in 1950. The southside of Stratford Place almost became a wall of brick completely transforming the individuality of the block.
The Age 
of the Condo 1970's:

  3730-40 N Lake Shore Drive

3150 & 3180 N Lake Shore Drive
the layout of 3150
 floor plan 1 & floor plan 2
floor plans  - Art Institute of Chicago
The Condo Wars by 1976

Condominium Brochures:
622 W Patterson Avenue
images - Art Institute of Chicago
also from the Art Institute of Chicago
525 W Hawthorne Place
images - Art Institute of Chicago


433-437 Briar Place

444 W Belmont Avenue

photos of the building below
enlargement- Art Institute of Chicago
 enlargement- Art Institute of Chicago
534 W Stratford Place
"Can not build them 
fast enough"
Marketing the Building
with Playing Cards
 3100 N Lake Shore Drive
images - Ebay

3440 Lake Shore Drive 
in 1980
445 W Wellington Avenue
 image - 2016 Google Maps
Art Institute of Chicago 1951 floor plans
The New York
3660 N Lake Shore Drive
 photos - Chris Cullen 2018
There were to be two buildings but...
What the New York space looked like in 1950
1950 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map below
all the courtyard buildings were replaced with 4 + 1's
655 W Irving Park Road
photography by Chris Cullen 2018
1985 article about it

21st Century 
Commerial Developments:
Mariano's on Broadway
3030 N Broadway
The local neighborhood area lost their grocery store in 2005 and waited all most a decade for a replacement.
The drama about this planned development 
'Lake View Booster' 2012 article 
It finally begins ...
Ground Breaking Ceremony 2015
photo - Tom Tunney (alderman) via his Facebook page
 winter 2016 photo - Garry Albrecht
summer 2016 photo - Garry Albrecht
summer 2016 photo - Garry Albrecht
(a LakeView Historical Facebook album)
and before that per Sanborn Fire Insurance Map in 1950 
an apartment building
zoomed view below - Bachelor Apartments
a long-term plan 
by the Lake View East Chamber of Commerce. This chamber supervises the developments of east & central Lake View
image - Lakota Group
The Clark Street Task Force Maps
'A task force seeking to revitalize the street hosted an open house Wednesday night seeking feedback on how area residents, business owners and property owners want to see Clark spruced up. People attending the open house at Century Shopping Centre at 2828 N. Clark posted stickers on a blown-up map of the area to indicate places that needed improvement. And a lot of areas need help if the number of stickers is any indication. Red stickers were placed on buildings that people thought needed beautification or façade updates, and red peppered a good deal of the street. "The buildings are just not that attractive," said Mary Beth Smith, a residential real estate agent and local Chamber of Commerce volunteer.' 
- from an DNAinfo article
the renditions ...
 images - Lakota Group

updating while remembering the past ...
the photo below is of the intersection of Clark/Diversey
the northwest corner of Clark & Barry

via Curbed Chicago
via Sports Authority
Jemillex B  via Foursquare 

 via Sports Authority
photo below - Chicago Real Estate Local
 ... the old vs the new look for the corner in 2017
via Curbed Chicago
'A shuttered commercial block at the busy Clark and Halsted intersection in Lakeview is set to be refreshed and repurposed as a new medical facility. Advocate Medical Group and partner Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center have inked a lease with property owner Next Realty, LLC to transform the space at 3154 N. Clark Street into a new medical center spanning 42,000 square feet.'
3300 N Clark
The Lake View Learning Center
This educational facility was affiliated 
with Truman College in Uptown
 the original address location was 3010 N Clark Street
2018 photos - Garry Albrecht
the new look for the corner below
 the TOD planned development 2018
images via Southport Corridor News and Events
the developer scaled downed for the initial plan
How tall should it be??
'Lakeview 3200'
on the northwest corner of Belmont/Clark
2013 photo - Lake View Patch
the first rendition above
2016 photo - Curbed Chicago
the second rendition
The site also lists apartments available for rent — and they're anything but cheap. Available apartments range from a 431-square-foot studio to a 1,452-square-foot two-bedroom apartment with two bathrooms. Rent starts at $1,525 for a 436-square-foot studio, or $3.50 per square foot, according to the 'Lakeview 3200' website. Topping the list is a two-bedroom apartment with two bathrooms that costs $3,800 per month, or $2.62 per square foot. But the building does have great benefits, with a Target downstairs and a two-minute walk to the Belmont Red Line station. On average, the building's 57 one-bedroom apartments will run around $2,300 per month. From a 560-square-foot unit to some as large as 900 square feet, the one-bedroom units average 711 square feet. 
the evolution of the corner in maps
1891 Rascher's Atlas
1894 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
1923 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
1950 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map above
2016 photo - Garry Albrecht
2016 photo - Garry Albrecht
2016 photo - Garry Albrecht
with more construction pics from Building Up Chicago
age old battle between 'big box' stores & independents
 and the buildings that were razed for it
photo - DNAinfo
for teenagers during the 80's and called reverently as Punkin Donuts
'Ingram describes the group at Punk'in Donuts as a family. He grew up with a single mom who struggled to make ends meet, and his friends at Clark and Belmont helped him navigate his teenage years. "I fit right in," he says. "We looked out for each other. If you were hungry, you were fed. If you needed a place to crash, it was provided. If you needed protection, so to speak, from outsiders that were giving you a hard time, you could find it there. It was a place where we were able to learn certain values that otherwise might not have presented themselves in such a way that we had support, social support, around us.' - Reader
photo - Lake View Patch
photo - DNAinfo
2013 Google Map view
hanging out in the actual alleyway was popular and the back door entrance the The Alley
 photo - DNAinfo
photo - Max Forster via LakeView Historical-Facebook

  photo - DNAinfo
photo - Lake View Patch
photo above - Lake View Patch
the Dunkin Donuts location in 1950
photo above - Ebay
1990's photo - Andrea DiMaur Walton via 
Forgotten Chicago Discussion Group
 photo below - DNAinfo
Saving the Past with Google Maps
 Look for this blacken box within it is a clock that will expand when clicked. The clock space will highlight years from 2007
Since 2007 Google Maps have a done a great job of saving history with the use a a little known feature I call the 'corner clock'. This Google Map feature is located on the top left side of the computer screen. Click on it and the feature expands into a set of years typically from 2007. Google digitally and typically records the same location each year & sometimes twice a year. If you wish to save let's say an image from 2008 I use another feature called the 'snipping tool' from my computer. The user can find the snipping tool through your 'search' tool from the lower left of your computer. The snipping tool icon looks like a small blue scissors circled in a reddish orange. I save the icon on my tool bar on the bottom of my computer screen. Click on 'new' within the the snipping feature and the background screen will fade and a red border once click on screen  allowing the user the cut any portion of the computer screen wanted. Below are the results of the use of both features of the intersection of Belmont and Clark.
 July 2015 

September 2015

both images - September 2015
with the Alley on the right side of snipped screen
 The Alley: One of the Victims
the first location 
 a Mark Thomas biz card
 a Mark Thomas (owner) business card
the second location
page - East Lake View by Matthew Nickerson
photos - Mark Thomas - owner
below 2005 photo of the actual alleyway - Wibiti.com
Mark Thomas-owner on the right 
with a devoted employees
'The Alley' did not survive the construction phase 
at this location - moved to Albany Park neighborhood
photos - Yelp
2016 photo - Garry Albrecht
waiting to be replaced for another planned development
and once located on Broadway in the late 70's early 80's
Keeping the street-view facade but building up. This building was once a theater - see my post on Theaters Past.
Demo Photos by Martin Gonzalez

The New Look for the Building Space
2016 rendition - DNAinfo
2018 photo - Brian Weber via Original Chicago-Facebook
The Alley reopened as The Alley:1776 for a brief time after at 3223 N Clark across the street of the former space
below photo - Mark Thomas
a former family style Italian restaurant 
2016 photo - Chicago Cityscape
 2016 transition photo - Google Map
with a new look below
photos - DNAinfo
2016 image - Lake View East Chamber of Commerce
The Addison/Clark Complex
south of Wrigley Field
'Addison Park on Clark'  2010 plan
across the street to the renovated Wrigley Field 
image above - Streets Blog Chicago
Goose Island at Wrigleyville
"After 15 years, the Goose Island Wrigleyville brewpub location will be closing due to the new developments that are expected in the Wrigleyville area," Goose Island spokeswoman Ana Serafin said in a statement. "We want to thank our patrons for their continuous support and hope to be back in Wrigleyville in the future. In the meantime, our Clybourn location is still open where you can enjoy all of your favorite Goose Island beers." - DNAinfo
photos - Yelp
old commercial district area
1922 view on Ashland north
negative - Chicago History Museum
This retail space became the center of the redevelopment
above photo - Chicago Public Library 1985
below photo - DNAinfo 2013

the original stand-along building in 1907

The First Planned Development Version 2007

‘“People like to say it’s a walking city, but we all still have our cars,” admits Centrum Properties‘ Nick Stocking. Buyers at Lofts at Lakeview Collection, the project manager hopes, will be able to leave their cars parked underground and spend more time on their feet. “It will be very inviting for walking traffic in the neighborhood,” Stocking said of the development, located where Ashland, Lincoln and Belmont avenues intersect in the bustling Lake View neighborhood. The six-story building will have 131 loft-style condos on the top four floors and about 90,000 square feet of retail space on the first and second floors. “Obviously it’s an amenity to have the convenience of all the retail below you. We think that’s a big selling point,” said Stocking. Another draw of the development, Stocking said, is its green space. The developer is building an 8,000-square-foot public park at one end of the “sort of L-shaped” building and an 8,000-square-foot landscaped plaza on another. The plaza will have bushes and trees as well as café style seating for retailers. “It’s going to be really easy to just go downstairs in the elevator, walk outside and get a cup of coffee, hang out on the corner in the plaza and get some sun, and walk around,” Stocking said. “You just really feel connected. You don’t have to get in your car, basically — it’s right outside your front door.” Part of connecting Lake View Collection residents to the neighborhood meant connecting the mostly glass building to the older buildings, including Saint Luke Church, that surround it. Architect Hirsch Associates designed the northern corner composed of traditional brick that “harmonizes the building with the rest of the neighborhood,” said Stocking.’
Future Plans for the Location in 2013

LAKEVIEW — The Belmont/Ashland/Lincoln corner may soon be home to Target. After months of speculation, the Minneapolis-based company has confirmed that they've closed a deal on a building at 3201 N. Ashland Ave., a location previously slated to be a condo building with 130 units. No details were available on a planned opening date, according to Target spokeswoman Erika Winkels, but another company spokeswoman said previously the company does not typically announce store openings more than a year in advance. "Chicago is a great market for Target and we continue to pursue new opportunities to serve guests there," Winkels said in a statement. Before the store can open, Target must present its proposal to West Lakeview Neighbors, the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and the Community Directed Development Council, according to Bennett Lawson, chief of staff for Ald. Tom Tunney (44th). The proposal will likely need approval from the Chicago Plan Commission and the City Council Zoning Committee to amend the original plans for the building, Lawson said. - DNAinfo

Target Selling the Building 2014

LAKEVIEW — Target is trying to sell a former bank building at Lincoln, Belmont and Ashland avenues that it bought in hopes of building a store, the company said. The Minneapolis-based company bought the building at 3201 N. Ashland Ave. last year with plans of opening a store there — going as far as showing preliminary renderings to West Lakeview Neighbors last May and announcing an October 2015 opening. The long-vacant building previously was slated to be a condo building with 130 units. But Target spokeswoman Erika Winkels said in an email Thursday that the retailer is "actively marketing the property for sale." - DNAinfo 

The Second Planned Development Version 2014

‘The old LaSalle Bank building at the northeast corner of Belmont, Ashland and Lincoln avenue has changed hands, and its new owner, Novak Construction Co., has announced plans to build a new development that would focus around a large 60,000 square foot ground floor retail component with 80 to 160 residential units above it, Crain's is reporting. The property has sat vacant for years, and a previous plan to build a mixed-use development stalled out at the height of the real estate crash. Early last year, Target purchased the property, with plans to build a new store at the location, but after sitting on the property for a little over a year, the Minneapolis-based big box retailer decided to dump it this summer.’ - Curbed Chicago

The Third Planned Development Version 2015

CHICAGO, Nov. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Located at the highly-visible and historic triple intersection of Ashland-Belmont-Lincoln Avenues on the city's North Side, America's Healthiest Grocery Store™ is set to dig in to a new location. 

Novak Construction Company, the project's Developer and its General Contractor, is proud to announce the official groundbreaking ceremony this Thursday at 9:00 a.m. at 3201 N. Ashland Avenue. Construction on this Gensler-designed, ground-up 70,000 square foot store will start this month, replacing the current Whole Foods Market location at 3300 N. Ashland Avenue when complete. "Activating this long vacant lot, the site of the former LaSalle Bank, was a priority for us once we acquired the property," says John Novak, Novak Construction's Founder/President. Reflecting on a time when the neighborhood was known as a bustling shopping mecca for the city, he added, "As the sole tenant, we know Whole Foods Market will not only enhance the community and accommodate the needs of its residents, but also usher in an era of new businesses and activity in this location. We would love to see this project stimulate that kind of growth." The new store will feature a second-story balcony for outdoor dining, additional indoor street-level dining along Ashland, and a vibrant year-round green-wall adjacent to a park setting on Melrose. The new Whole Foods Market location will bring improvements based on the current store's challenges, most notably increased aisle space, additional grocery and prepared food choices, and more parking. "Whole Foods Market has proudly served the Lakeview community since 1996 and we're thrilled to bring our neighbors this new store," says Michael Bashaw, Midwest Regional President, Whole Foods Market. "This larger location will be filled with even more of the natural and organic foods that our customers love along with lots of new amenities, services and even a few surprises that we hope will delight our shoppers." 

Groundbreaking Ceremony 2015

LAKEVIEW — It's West Lakeview's time to shine. That's the prediction Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) made Thursday during a groundbreaking ceremony for the neighborhood's new Whole Foods Market at 3201 N. Ashland Ave. Tunney said Lincoln, Ashland and Belmont "was once — outside of Downtown — the busiest retail corridor" in Chicago. The city's second-largest Whole Foods will kick start its revitalization, he said. "Stay tuned, folks in our neighborhood, because there are a number of meetings about this intersection and how we're going to enliven" it, Tunney promised. While it took months to get neighbors on board, both Tunney and Novak Construction executive Michael Kanzler said the resulting changes made for a stronger end product. "The process was kind of long and painful ... looking back, it's the process that needed to happen, and it got us the best results," Kanzler said. Over the ensuing eight months, a vocal group of neighbors pushed for a more attractive street level facade and the addition of a park on the Melrose Street side of the building. While concerns remained over increased traffic, West Lake View Neighbors gave the development their endorsement in a 50-19 vote, and digging on site began soon after. - DNAinfo

along with bank to be demolished was the 
Medic Building just south of it
 Follow the conversation on this building on Facebook
Darren Spinelli via Flickr 2012 
Google Map Views
a 2016 view
vs a 2019 view
The Many Alterations
According to DNAinfo, 'Developers repeatedly returned to the drawing board over the course of eight months and a dozen meetings, tweaking designs after getting feedback from a vocal subset of the group, named 'Melrose Street Concerned Residents'. MSCR very local organization at the time.
2009 vs 2017 Google views
  2009 vs 2017
  Whole Food closed their smaller space 
at 3300 N Ashland Avenue and then became a Target

photo - Pierre-Henri L. via Yelp 2013 
photo - Pierre-Henri L. via Yelp 2013
photo - Willem B. via Yelp 2012

photo - Willem B. via Yelp 2012
Now, a Target
a smaller footprint in 2017
photo below - NBC News
The New Walgreen's Location
on the corner of Broadway/Clark/Diversey across the street
but first the removal of part of the building
No more pointy thing ...
above photo - Chicago Racked
2013 photo above - Chicago Real Estate
from a Central Savings to Borders and then to a Walgreens
2012 photos above - Lake View Patch
as of 2011
'The River North-based firm Hirsch Associates LLC said on its Facebook page that the old Borders store at 2817 N. Clark St. in the East Lakeview neighborhood will be taken over by Walgreens for new, two-story “Wellness Experience” store with more space and features than a typical Walgreens drugstore. A rendering of the space shows a new, spacious front entrance at the V-shaped intersection of Clark Street and Broadway. In the current configuration, the old Borders store has entrances on both Clark and Broadway, while the proposed new entry way area was occupied until recently by the building’s other tenant, Central Savings and Loan. The Borders bookstore that used to occupy the site closed in April after 16 years in business, along with all the other Borders stores in the city except the flagship store at 150 N. State St. They were among 200 stores that closed across the country when after Borders filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In July, Borders liquidated its remaining stores, including the State Street store, and went out of business altogether. Racked points out that the East Lakeview Borders was by far the city’s biggest, at 42,770 square feet, compared with only 32,000 square feet at the State Street location. The three-story store featured books on the first and second levels, and CDs and DVDs on the lower level, as well as a Seattle’s Best coffee bar. Since the Borders store closed, its red sign has continued to light up at night, but a look through the window reveals empty shelves and holes in the wall where pipes once supplied water for the coffee bar. The main level of the old Borders did briefly reopen in October as a pop-up Halloween store.The Central Savings branch that had been in the building, which predated the Borders store by many years, recently moved to a new location a short distance to the north on Clark Street.' - CBS Chicago
at the pinnacle of Clark Broadway Diversey
2013 photo - Tom Tunney-Facebook
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
2013 photo - Tom Tunney-Facebook 
the occupants before that ...
Walgreen's former location east of Broadway 
with former Borders and Central Savings to the west
where Walgreens is now located
2009 photo - 'Chicagoismyblog'
and before that ....
photo - Ravenswood-Lake View Community Collection
the Central Savings building 
along with a view of Ace Hardware 
that had an entrance both of Broadway and Clark Street
and before that ...
and before that ... 
photo via Kenneth Joesphson from
Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
across the street was second Walgreens that once was located in the Lincoln Plaza complex 
the former space within the Lincoln Plaza complex
old Walgreens still vacant as of  2021
2016 photo - Original Positions
before that it was in ...
The Curtiss (Candy) Building 
on Broadway side of the building
where most of Lincoln Park Plaza is located today
image - Chicago History Museum 
with the potential future of that corner below
Since Walgreens decided to move to an existing and renovated space across the street this planned development has been on hold according to the 44th ward alderman's office still as of 2021
2014 planned development at the former Walgreen's space 
photos - Curbed Chicago
 photos via 44th ward office - Tom Tunney alderman

boarded up in 2021
2021 photo - Richard Gray
the new potential & final look? 
both occupants share the same extended building
the hole in the ground 
was a public garage and garage for the Chicago Park District and apparent business on the corner
a 1950 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
an area of garages
zoomed view below
The façade was saved of the former Chicago Park District garage to became Whole Foods
The Center on Halsted takes shape
former Chicago Park District garage
What is the Wagon/Wing 
Symbol all about?
photo - Yo Chicago
I found two definitions for it
1) 'The wagon wheel is symbolic of transportation, successful journeys and expeditions, and also perpetuity. Winged wheels are symbols of peace, flight, freedom and spiritual transport. There are many charges that feature wings which have their own meaning; such as a winged globe as a symbol of the holy spirit. In Heraldry a single wing is called a “demi vol” and usually enjoys the symbolism of the eagle. Associated with Hermes, the great messenger of the gods in Greek mythology. The winged wheel is also a symbol of progress.' -
2) 'The logo is a synthesis of technology and biology. The wheel might represent technology or artificial power, and the wings might represent biology or natural power. Transhumanists look at humanity's historical relationship with technology and see a trend of persistently increasing inter-dependence and intimacy. Projecting that trend forward, we imagine the distinction between technology and biology fading away, as we integrate it ever more intricately into our world, relations, bodies, and minds. Some have suggested that sufficiently advanced technology may be indistinguishable from biology, and that the best technology is so transparent that we stop referring to it as "technology."'

photo above - Center on Halsted
former garage & store fronts
1995 photo below - NewNowNext
3740 N Halsted Street
former location Bismarck/Marigold Gardens
*the beer garden outside space*
rental units on the west side of Halsted/Broadway
Construction Phase 2013
photos - Lake View Patch

The former site a German-American Beer Garden 
The 'Chicago Out' Hotel
A neighborhood association said NO!
and the alderman said NO!
to this planned development on Halsted in 2013
 it was never developed
the developer's staff and community meet
with the Triangle Neighborhood Association at the 
19th police district building
photos - Lake View Patch
The developer  tried to side-step the association that had jurisdiction
on the development - Belmont Harbor Neighbors 
 the planned development stemmed from the vacant storefront 
that used to be Mark's Chop Suey
2009 photos - Google Map 
its various design looks to win neighborhood association approval, as well as the alderman's

 First rendering of the Chicago Out Hotel
images - DNAinfo

End of an 
Neighborhood Association
because of it
from their website

'LAKEVIEW — Money woes due to dwindling membership and legal threats have led a more than 40-year-old Lakeview neighborhood organization to dissolve. The volunteer board of Belmont Harbor Neighbors, a non-profit formed in 1973, voted to dissolve the civic engagement group last week after president Doug Ochab noted that the group's bank account, made of membership fees, had largely been emptied. Ochab partially blamed legal fees linked to a controversial vote on a proposed LGBT-hotel last summer for the money woes. Other group members said the dissolution is about finances, period. "It became clear that BHN would not be able to pay future expense[s]," Ochab said in an email. The attorney general still needs to approve the official dissolving of the 501(c)3 organization. Rifts in the organization appeared to begin last summer, when the BHN board clashed with Lakeview business owners and employees over plans for the Out Hotel Chicago. The group ultimately rejected Parkview Developers’ proposal to build an LGBT-focused boutique hotel at 3343 N. Halsted St., and Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) followed suit. Robert Brumbaugh, owner of Progress Bar, 3359 N. Halsted St., threatened to bring legal issues to the Illinois attorney general if Ochab and his wife did not step down from the board, claiming the way they handled the Out Hotel vote violated state non-profit laws. He said BHN only allowed those living near the proposed hotel to vote, allegedly ignoring Lakeview business owners and employees who thought the hotel would be good for the area. BHN's bylaws say people who work or live in the neighborhood are eligible to vote. Brumbaugh also said his aim is to create a better-functioning organization. "As long as the alderman's office [considers] votes taken by the Belmont Harbor Neighbors association, everyone has a stake in that it represents the community — and not just a handful of people," he said. "It's not about the Out Hotel. It's about moving forward." BHN's fees came from hiring legal counsel to investigate Brumbaugh's allegations. But to some board members, Brumbaugh was determined to take down anybody who opposed the hotel project.' - DNAinfo

Once 'Auto Laundry' Facility 
and the 3 flat to the south
before the words 'car wash' during the turn of the 19th century car wash were called 'auto laundry' - believe it not!
photo with enlargement 
photo - Art Institute of Chicago via Explore Chicago
1934 ad below - The Chicagoan
the renditions below
Not be Saved as is
but engulfed
2821 N Halsted Street
photo - Zillow
Google Map photos
these two photos highlights 
both buildings that the developer purhased
2015 view below 
of the facade for the 3 flat that will engulf the building
zoomed from photo above
2016 view below
of the demo of the from car wash &garage
2017 views below
building along the elevated
An Example of TOD's:
3400 N Lincoln Avenue
along the tracks
2014 photo - Curbed Chicago - Lake View 
 2014 rendition - Streets Blog Chicago
revised 2015 renderings below - Curbed Chicago
1418 Addison Street
 from single family to multi-rentals

the evolution via Google 
2007 view
2016 side view
2018 view
the final result in 2019
506-514 Diversey Parkway
images via Lake View Patch named 

'LAKEVIEW — Developers on Monday night announced plans to create a 50-unit apartment building near Diversey Harbor in Lakeview. The Parkway East project at 506-514 W. Diversey Pkwy. would include ground-floor retail, two stories of residential parking, 44 two-bedroom apartments and six three-bedroom penthouse suites. "These are rental units," developer Jeremy Michor said Monday at a South East Lake View Neighbors meeting. "It will be built on a higher-end finish." Two-bedroom apartments will be roughly 1,100 to 1,200 square feet, Michor said. Three-bedroom penthouses, which will take over the building's top two floors, should average 3,200 square feet. Michor wouldn't speculate on rent prices, saying it would depend on the market when his project launches. The building will offer 50 parking spaces — one for each unit. Drivers can access parking-garage floors through an alley behind the building, which would also be used for move-ins and garbage collection.' -DNAinfo

 2016 rendition pdf via Tom Tunney alderman office
with a vintage building between the two
2016 rendition pdf via Tom Tunney alderman office
2016 rendition pdf via Tom Tunney alderman office
2017 photo below - John Keating Jr. 
via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
photo - BuildingUpChicagoDotCom
photo - BuildingUpChicagoDotCom
and a vintage building remains in the middle 
along with the Brewster Apartments next to it
Broadway/Sheridan Road
from a gas station to apartment high-rise
'East Lake View Neighbors reviewed and approved a new proposal for the former gas station located at the corner of N. Broadway & W. Sheridan (close to Gill Park) on February 9. This development is expected to cost over $20M. Next step is for this to go before the 46th Ward Zoning & Development Committee on February 29. If you do not know who your representative is on this committee, please call the 46th Ward Office. Your representative needs to hear from you."' - Uptown Update
the gas station that was once on the northeast corner 
photo - Mark Zipperer
renderings - DNAinfo
mid 2017 photo - Garry Albrecht
 photo - BuildingUpChicagoDotCom
 photos - BuildingUpChicagoDotCom
and then south 
across the street ...
3817- 45 N Broadway 
planned development 2015 photo - DNAinfo
photo via Chicago Cityscape
the liquor store was replaced by the development on Sheridan Road
photo - geoview info
 replaced by the development on Broadway
photo - DNAinfo
the eagles were saved & reused as part of the new building
1987 photo -  Equinox27 via Flickr

the terra cotta details - Chicago Designslinger 

Betsy Rubin via Facebook 2013
Angela Larson via Facebook 2014
The Terra Cotta Removal

both photos from Mike Butland via Facebook 2016
2016 photo - Carey Wintergreen
2017 Google Maps
the removal of the terra cotta for storage
2017 Google Maps
 2017 Google Maps

mid 2017 photo - Garry Albrecht
mid 2017 photo - Garry Albrecht
photo - BuildingUpChicagoDotCom
photos - BuildingUpChicagoDotCom
The terra cotta is back 
in 2019!!
2019 photo - Chris Cullen Photography
2019 photo below - Uptown Update
2021 photo below - Carey Wintergreen
photo - Chuckman Collection
the first rendition - Curbed Chicago

'After making the rounds a couple years ago, a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) proposed just feet from the Lakeview’s Sheridan Red/Purple Line station is finally looking to move forward. According to a tip from a nearby resident, a legal notice regarding the project’s associated zoning change from B1-2 to B3-5 was recently distributed. Based on the flyer, Chicago-based Loukas Development is looking to build an eight-story building with 54 residential units, ground floor retail, and 11 parking spots at the northwest corner of Sheridan and Dakin. The project, which will replace a vintage three-story brick apartment building, has evolved considerably since 2014 when Loukas came the community with a modern, modular design with 60 dwelling units and 24 parking spaces.'

the second rendition below
This Transit-Oriented Development near the Sheridan Red Line Station will replace Hampton Apartments
a more modern look below - Cragin Sping via Flickr
back to square zero but rehabbed
According to Uptown Historical Society the building will be 
image - Uptown Historical Society
below 2019 Googlee view
Now on the 
opposite corner 
3911-3921 N Sheridan Road
2017 Goggle view
photos - DNAinfo
the replacement

 and across the street ...
Google Map view 2009 vs 2017
still vacant as of 2021
Industrial to Residential:
The former Craftsman 
Plating & Tinning Company
1240 W Melrose Street
and 1225 W School Street
The property stretches from Melrose to School Street

2021 renditions

 and what it replaced ...
the latest rendition as of 2022
photo - Chicago Cityscape
2019 Google Earth view
 the truck entrance on Melrose - 2018 photos
vs the view from School Street

1624 W Wolfram Avenue
to be demo'ed
the vacant land 
1950 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map view
of the area
zoomed view below
The Belmont 450
450 W Belmont Avenue

construction phase
before - the twin apartment buildings
A Hotel Evolution 
on Diversey/Clark
postcard - Chicago History in Postcards
the first name abvoe
the second name below

the third name ...
'The new name Hotel Versey pays tribute to its original namesake The Diversey Arms, while playfully fusing in a tie to the hotel’s 
V-shaped structure of its triangular city block, on the highly visible corner of Clark, Broadway, and Diversey Parkway [intersection]' 
and on the opposite corner 
in Lincoln Park 
 on the southeast corner of Clark & Diversey
2017 image - Chicago Tribune
in transition -  via John P Keating 
Forgotten Chicago-Facebook

2017 image - Chicago Tribune
vintage images of the same corner below:
J.J. Sedelmaier via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook 
and from TrolleyDodger below

a vacant property for centuries
photos - via Curb Chicago Lake View
2016 photos - Garry Albrecht
more construction pics from Building Up Chicago
Artis Senior Living Lakeview
former space for
3535 N Ashland
Phase Plans
famous for their late night commercials in the 1970's
closed in 2006
deconstruction photo below
 a demo view below -  mysore.blogspot.com
2009 view north from Addison
2017 view north from Addison
2019 Googles views
945 W Belmont
hugging the tracks - a TOD  
the before 2018 view
Howard Brown 
Health Clinic

 The building it will replace ...
This building was once the home of one of the first gay bars on Halsted, Little Jim's. A separated building on Cornelia adjacent to the soon to be demolished building was
 home of Cornelia's Restaurant 
- it had various names in the last 2 decades.
how it looked in 1950
Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
zoomed view below
2022 photos - Build Up Chicago
3 2023 photos below - Lakeview East Cooperative  

on Broadway
Google Earth photo via 44th ward office
Treasure Island was once located at 3460 N Broadway. The entire grocery store chain closed in 2018. The store was established at this location in 1963 as their 'flagship' building.
 2009 photo - Google Maps
 2018 photos - Google Maps
I had a problem with the year
image below - LakeView Historical
ad - Ron Tee via LakeView Histroical/Facebook
The area via a 
1950 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
The Public & Private Garages
listing - Chicago Daily Tribune 1921
the X's represents the newer TI building - a cut-out of the garage
 a 1894 view of the corner
The first renditions of the property 
presented in July 2019 
to community residents for approval

the corner of Cornelia Avenue and Broadway 
and then revised ...
The surrounding community has always be concern with density/parking/public services. The developers presented in January 2020 a revision at Sholom Temple. The community wanted a reduction of floors and brick to match the brick of the surrounding buildings. 
 photos - me, garry albrecht
the changes 

the teardown phase 2020
 photos - Owen Keeshen

construction views 2021
photos - Garry Albrecht
Next Door to the South ...
3140 Broadway
the parking garage south of the former Treasure Island once called the Cornelia Garage, & once owned by the owners of TI
to be a hotel called Rebel Hospitality
view north toward TI
view south from TI parking lot
view of the TI parking lot north
view north of the existing hotel
view south of the new TI development
back courtyard with older hotel on the right
835 W Addison Street
a mixed use building
old vs new
This is a proposal to turn the Lake View Lutheran Church, which has a smaller congregation than in the past, into a mixed use-church and disability accessible rental building. This development will serve residents at or below 30% of the area’s median income with accessibility needs, which is a hard to serve population.  It is an opportunity to provide affordable and permanent supportive housing in this location.
The community room is for basically for congregants 
the northeast corner of Southport/Belmont

2017 photo below Southport Corrridor News & Events
what was there before

for more developments along Southport Avenue visit 
3401-09 N Southport
with the latest 2018 rendition
images via Southport Corridor News & Events
what was there before
3150 N Southport 
what was there before ...
2017 photo - Google Maps
what was there before
Herdegen Brieske
 Funeral Home 
 aerial view of the area
aerial photo via DNAinfo
1989 photos - Chicago Public Library
photo above - John Morris /Chicago Patterns

photo - via Adam Rodriguez FC FB 2018
delevopment included the space behind the funeral home 
the renditions below
 image - Curbed Chicago
photo below - Chris Cullen 2020
City Club Apartments
3636 N Lake Shore Drive
2020 Google view
There have been several renditions
#1 in 2007
referred to as New York II
#2 in 2019 with a crown on top
#3 in 2020 minus the crown
with a slightly different look on the lower building in 2021
UPDATE 2/2021: The developer is currently meeting with East Lake View Neighbors to review this proposal.
UPDATE 4/2020: After many months, an agreement has been reached between the developer, City Club Apartments (CCA), and the New York Private Residences (3660 N. Lake Shore Drive) regarding ingress, egress and other traffic and use issues.- 46th ward news
what was there before ...
1950 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
W Clark Street
southeast corner of Clark & Belmont
*it was always a bank building*
2021 Google photos
along Belmont Avenue
along Clark view north
Google view from Clark Street south of Belmont Avenue
parking lot and drive-through (entrance on Clark)
Broadway to the left & Belmont to the right

Demo Notice from Cityscape
detail photos by me
the entrance on the corner
with a side view off Belmont below
photo above - Chicago Bars vis Twitter
What the Corner will Look Like
the first rendition 
with a new address 
with Occupancy Maybe??
Demolition in August 2021
photos - Eric Dudi Huebner  
Closing off the Sidewalks
44th ward office
construction phase
Some of the Former Occupants 
of this Building:
these collectables from my collection
Lake View State Bank
the first one

Belmont National Bank
the second one
N Clark Street
from Clark to Dayton Avenue
2019 Google View
renditions and blueprint below
once 3711, 3215 & 3717
per this 1950 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map
W Addison Street 
it's Ghost Sign
corner of Addison & Ravenswood Avenue
photos - Loop.net
view north above from Addison
view east below from Ravenswood
The Replacement
Originally at this Corner
photos - Cali Digital Collections
A Surprise:
 Ghost Signs
The house behind the builiding of storefront on Ravenswood also will be demolished. During the deconstruction of the exterior siding multipyle ghost signs were discovered.
another view of the area
2021 Google
with enlarged photos by Bill Savage
from the article
An Update
the removal process
2022 photos by John Meyers
and saved
Ashland Avenue
2021 Google view
Renditions - Urbanize Chicago
with EV charging station hook-ups for cars
view southeast
view northeast
Are All New Buildings 
are TOD's??
I thought TOD designated buildings were to be 
adjunct to the elevated but I guess I'm wrong
Brownline to 3310-12 Lincoln Avenue
Brownline to 1654 W School Street
1138 W Belmont Avenue
photos below - Yelp
the rendering of the replacement building
from 44th ward office development page
The Unicorn 
Development on Briar Place
The Two Buildings to be Replaced
455 W Briar Place
Redfin photo & text
453 W Briar Place
photo - Yimby & text - Redfin
an aerial view of the space
Nov 2023
photo - YIMBY

Initial details have been revealed for the mixed-use development at 3327 N Lincoln Avenue. ThIs planned development is located just south of the intersection with W Roscoe Street near the Paulina Brown Line station, the project will replace four existing buildings including the former home of beloved Dinkel’s Bakery. Developer PCR Group has submitted a rezoning application for the Jonathan Splitt Architects designed structure. -YIMBY

2023 Google photos
map & rendering - Chicago Cityscape
3150 N Racine Building 
"Alderman Waguespack worked closely with
Mercy Housing to improve and expand the existing Single Room Occupancy (SRO) residential building at 3150 N. Racine. The Alderman approved a zoning change in 2022 enabling the expansion of the building into the adjacent surface parking lot. This plan will add 16 units, for a total number of 86 permanently affordable units. Prior to the zoning approval, the Alderman arranged for a presentation by the developer to South Lakeview Neighbors, who voted to approve the project. After several attempts to secure financing, Mercy recently received a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) award from the City. The plans include a complete interior renovation of the existing units. The scale and height of the new building will be consistent with the context and character of the existing structure and the balance of the block."
- 32nd Ward Office

in Lake View
Affording housing in the City of Chicago has been an issue for several decades. In the 21st century SRO's have been converted to 'market-rate' housing or a small percent of any particular new development that can reserved for the poor or seniors. In my blog post called 'Hotels to B&B' I mention how several former apartment-hotels constructed during the early part of the 20th century were by the end of the 20th century in decay while at the same time milking rent from the residents-at-need with sub-standard living conditions.
photos - DNAinfo
Abbott Hotel on Belmont were one of those apartment-hotels that fell into decay and financial abuse. There were others like such the Chateau Hotel on Broadway
Affordable Housing Building in Lake View  as of 2019
Crowder Place
photo - Chicago Cityscape
Mulvey Place
416 W Barry Avenue
photo - Apartment Home Living
 The De-Converting Era 
by 2017
According to Crain Chicago developers much like Golub Capital-middle market lenders have been scouting the Chicago market for opportunities to turn condo buildings back into rentals, reversing the condo conversion trend that dominated the city in the 1970's and 1980's. Back then, developers could buy entire apartment buildings and sell them for a profit individually as condos. “Big-time players are looking at prices and saying, 'I think we could buy this building lock, stock and barrel and make money by running it as an apartment building,'” says Chicago attorney David Sugar, a partner at Arnstein & Lehr- chairman of the firm's condo law group. “Hopefully, condo boards will figure out that they can make 50% more selling to these apartment idiots chasing a bubble,” says David Ruttenberg, principal at Marc Realty Residential, a Chicago-based apartment landlord. 
“Hopefully, I'm the fool they call.”
The Wave Lakeview
420 W Belmont Avenue
2016 Google Maps
 According to a 2017 article by Curbed Chicago condo 
de-conversations continuing to hold steady as the most lucrative sector of Chicago’s real estate market. The complicated process of “de-converting” of existing condominiums into freshly refurbished rental units is gaining popularity for first buy renters. One such project in the Lake View neighborhood is ready to start welcoming its first tenants. Situated at 420 W. Belmont, the 206-unit Wave  Apartments occupy the 30-story 1967 tower that was once known as Bel Harbour Condominiums. The largest Chicago deconversion project to date.
 image - Curbed Chicago
The Floor Plans for a studio & two bedrooms

 photo - The Wave website
 photo - The Wave website
  photos - Yo Chicago
The Conversion to Condo's in 1966
Finally Happening
The 925 Belmont Development
from 909-921 Belmont Avenue
2024 photos - 44th ward office
The proposed project is an 11-story apartment building, comprising 210 residential units per Chicago Cityscape
map view - Chicago Cityscape
3 are in Lake View
Capt'n Nemo's was known for its nautical theme and house-made soups, opened in 1992 as part of the mini-chain first launched in Rogers Park. In 2019, the year Nemo's founder Lou Ragusi died, the Ashland location closed due to the expense of complying with city codes, according to Ragusi's son. - per article
2021 Google Map views
Yelp Photos
Tequila El Milagro used to offer great tacos on fresh tortillas before or after a show at nearby Schuba's. Then one day in 2007 it shut down "temporarily" with a sign that said "closed for renovation."
2021 Google Map views
Yelp Photos

Johnnie's Lounge was the dive bar throwback from the building's style to the bar's jukebox.

2021 Google Map views
Yelp Photos
the owner
One Development, 
Two Locations in 2024
3310 N Lincoln Avenue 
1654 W School Street
3310 N Lincoln Avenue
2022 Googe view of current sites
1654 W School Street

With a design from Johnathan Splitt Architects, the new construction will encompass a six-story mixed-use building. Rising 80 feet, the project will front N. Lincoln Ave with 2,227 square feet of retail space while holding 24 units on the upper floors. Split into 8 one-beds and 16 two-beds, approximate rents will run $1,900/month and $2,400/month respectively. Five of the apartments will be designated as affordable units. While the rezoning application is limited to the site at 3310 N. Lincoln, materials from the developers show a plan for a complementary building at the corner of W. School St and N. Paulina Ave. Addressed as 1654 W. School, the building will stand five floors and hold another 23 residential units. - per Ubanize Chicago

Post Notes:
Once it Was There 
and Now its Not:
Sanborn Fire Insurance & Google Maps
How many times have you walked by a particular location and noticed a new building or vacant lot and wondered what was there before. Sanborn Fire Maps were the equivalent to Google Earth of today. The Sanborn's were like a time machine of the past of former structures within a given area illustrated not by computers but by human hand on sheets of paper. It and was a necessity for city departments like Fire and Sewer departments as well as private insurance companies. The sheets below have been zoomed & edited for this section. The map sheet used in this example is from sheet #84 from volume 9. Volume 9 is a Lake View area label. These maps have a wealth of information for researchers & historians like me. 
 1923 above vs 1950 below
Google Maps/Earth
The Google Maps (2007- present) is great historical tool on the changes to a particular area of interest for real estate research and documentation. The viewer can be located if you float the cursor over the top left area of the Google map. Within the black rectangular area on the top left of your screen is a small clock icon that will expand into a timeline. 
Check for Future 
Planned Developments
most of Lake View is in the 44th as of 2020
the northeastern section is in the 46th
west & north is the 47th
and a southwestern section is in the 32nd
** 47th & 32nd ward not listed 
on their web sights
2021 Landscape Map
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