Flat Iron Arts Building

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Flat Iron Arts Building

1918 Flat Iron Arts Building designed by Holabird & Roche, at Milwaukee and Damen.

Chicago Bee: Cornerstone of the Black Metropolis

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Chicago Bee

At State and 36th on the South Side is an Art Deco structure that stands as a beautiful icon of Bronzeville and Chicago’s Black Metropolis. Now a public library and reading room, it was built by entrepreneur Anthony Overton to house the Chicago Bee.

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North Branch Pumping Station

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Sitting on the bank of the Chicago River adjoining Ronan Park is a handsome building that could easily be mistaken for the park’s field house. The graceful art deco structure appears quite elegant and inviting, particularly when viewed from the nearby Lawrence Avenue bridge.

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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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