Decorated Greystone in North Lawndale

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The Neoclassical greystone board up at Spaulding and Ogden was built in 1906.


19th-Century Chicago Addresses on the West Side


Gabriel X. Michael/Chicago Patterns

Before Edward Brennan developed the comprehensive 8 blocks-to-a-mile address system in 1909, Chicago street addresses were disorganized and confusing, being based on three distinct divisions of the city created by its surrounding waterways of the Chicago River, its branches, and Lake Michigan. Lake Street (the first street platted in the village of Chicago) was the city’s original dividing line between north and south but east and west designations depended on which side of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan you were located. Continue reading »

Romaneque Greystone at 1653 N Halsted Street

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1653 N Halsted St

Near Steppenwolf Theatre at North and Halsted. Built in 1890.

Romanesque Greystone in Washington Park

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This Romanesque Greystone 3-flat is at 5238 S. Michigan Avenue and was built in 1890.