Hints of a Taller Past

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506 W. 26th [John Morris/Chicago Patterns]

At 506 W. 26th St. is a residential building with a small clue of a once taller past.

506 W. 26th [John Morris/Chicago Patterns]

A staple of 1880s Chicago architecture is the window hood with incised floral patterns, and in this case a sawtooth bottom edge.

506 W. 26th [John Morris/Chicago Patterns]

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.


Neighborhood Views is a column featuring architecture, infrastructure, and hidden history photos. Submit yours to our flickr group or send to chicagopatterns@gmail.com.

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