Dual Landmark Status Not Enough to Save Building in Pilsen

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1144 18th St. [John Morris/Chicago Patterns]

On 18th Street, an 1885 Italianate mixed-use building will soon make way for a new residential building. Marketed as teardown with the infamous phrase “the value is in the land,” the new owner’s intent is revealed in a pending demolition permit.

What makes the loss of the structure more acute is its status on two historic surveys. It is listed as contributing in the Pilsen Historic District on the National Register and is Orange-rated on the Chicago Historic Resources survey.

Sadly, neither designation carries enough weight to prevent demolition.

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Goodbye to a Victorian Cottage

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2430 W Moffat [John Morris/Chicago Patterns]

Built in the early 1890s, 2430 W Moffat’s construction coincided with the arrival of the Metropolitan West Side Elevated Railroad a few blocks away. Today it’s the Western stop of the CTA Blue Line.

Sadly, the end draws near for this little cottage as there is an outstanding demo permit for the property.

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The Value is in the Land: Lincoln Park Italianate Edition

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2145 N Fremont, released from Demolition Delay list over the summer [John Morris/Chicago Patterns]

Last month we looked at the history of Italianate cottages and flats in the near West/Northwest Side neighborhoods, and how they are getting torn down to make way for larger residences. While that story is relatively new for those neighborhoods, it’s almost a tradition in near North Side areas like Lincoln Park.

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Narrow Edges Along the Diagonal at 635 W. Belden

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At 635 W. Belden near the alley behind Lincoln, a particularly quirky residential building sits on a triangular lot.

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