506 W. 26th St. is a residential building with a small clue of a once taller past.At
A staple of 1880s Chicago architecture is the window hood with incised floral patterns, and in this case a sawtooth bottom edge. The now-buried lower floor window indicates that the entry was lower, presumably when streets across the city were raised to address drainage problems.
A lovely example of this period of architecture with a vaulted sidewalks and higher entryways is at Damen and 33rd.
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