Redevelopment In Sight For An Overlooked 151-Year-Old Former Factory

Gabriel X. Michael 6 comments

154 - 166 North Jefferson Street, viewing northwest.

154 – 166 North Jefferson Street, viewing northwest. [Gabriel X. Michael/Chicago Patterns]

My last work on Chicago Patterns looked at “post-Fire” commercial buildings in Chicago’s downtown area erected in the aftermath of the 1871 Great Chicago Fire. But a recent demolition permit led me to discover an alternate side of the catastrophe: a company’s former factory headquarters west of the Chicago River which avoided the Fire, stepped up and tirelessly restored the city’s damaged water supply, and still stands today.

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Chicago’s Forgotten Turner Halls: Turnverein Vorwaerts

John Morris 7 comments

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[John Morris/Chicago Patterns]

At Roosevelt and Western is Vorwaerts Turner Hall, a castle-like structure which stands as one of the few remnants of a former German neighborhood on the Near West Side.

There were once dozens of Turner Halls all over Chicago, but Vorwaerts is one of only two that remain in the city. This mysterious looking building is a living artifact of a group that began in Chicago 164 years ago, and continues the same traditions today.

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The End of McGaw Hall

Rachel Freundt 2 comments

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[Rachel Freundt/Chicago Patterns]

Last month DePaul University demolished McGaw Hall on their Lincoln Park campus for a new brick and glass building from Antunovich Associates that will house the university’s music school.

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Ferdinand Kaufmann Store & Flats

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[Rachel Freundt/Chicago Patterns]

One of the earliest surviving Adler & Sullivan-designed buildings was constructed for Ferdinand Kaufmann in two sections between 1883 and 1887 at 2312-14 N. Lincoln.

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