Five North Side Worker’s Cottages Facing Demolition

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2420 W. Iowa has a pending demo permit [John Morris/Chicago Patterns]

As Spring is in full bloom, so too is the traditional hot season for real estate. Unfortunately this also means some of Chicago’s historic housing stock gives way to new construction, much of it concentrated in near North and Northwest Side neighborhoods that developed in the 1870s and 1880s.

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Ravenswood to Lose One of a Kind Victorian

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In Ravenswood at 4636 N. Paulina, a green gingerbread Victorian built in 1886 faces demolition. Featuring unique bargeboard trim and carved wood window hoods, this is a unique and exceptional loss for Chicago’s historic housing stock.

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A Staggered Facade

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At first glance this building in Old Irving Park looks like a three-flat, but actually has nine units.

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The End of Marquette Photo Supply, One of Chicago’s Last Camera Shops

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Marquette Photo Supply in 2015 [John Morris/Chicago Patterns]

On 63rd near Spaulding in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood, 73 years of photography history came to a close with passing of Joseph Herbert, aged 93. Herbert ran Marquette Photo Supply, a small camera shop that stayed in business as most others closed in the face of digital photography, online sales, and the emergence of cell phone photography.

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