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1913 Crematorium and Columbarium

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1913 Crematorium and Columbarium at Bohemian National Cemetery, with Albin Polasek’s 1927 Mother monument on left.


A Glimpse of the Golden Age of Auto Showrooms: Richard’s Body Shop in Albany Park

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Richard’s Body Shop in Albany Park

The 1920s were the heyday of magnificent auto showrooms, many of which drew from the same stylistic inspirations as the movie palaces being built in this decade.

The current home of Richard’s Body Shop began its life as an opulent auto showroom. When traveling on Lawrence Avenue in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, it is likely that this building at 3041 W. Lawrence Ave will catch your eye.

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A Walking Tour of Albany Park’s Corner Buildings

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Lawrence and Avers

Some of the city’s most beautiful neighborhood commercial buildings are on Lawrence Avenue in Albany Park. Diverse, charming, and beautiful, these structures nicely represent the community they’re a part of.

The corner buildings featured in this walking tour were constructed during Albany Park’s meteoric rise in the early 20th century, from 1907 to 1930.

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Albany Park Auto Clinic and the Forty Year Misspelling

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Albany Park Auto Clinic

The typography and striking color of the 1970s building in the photo above was one of the first things I noticed about the Albany Park neighborhood. After speaking with some of the mechanics that worked there, I learned something a little humorous about the place. Notice anything unusual on the mounted yellow sign?

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