Romanesque Rowhouses on 42nd

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Romanesque rowhouses on 42nd near Ellis dating to 1888 in Oakland.

Driveway, Drexel Boulevard (A Merry Xmas to You)

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This week in our long overdue Flashback Friday series, we look at a holiday greeting postmarked Dec. 23, 1908 on a picture postcard of Chicago’s famed Drexel Boulevard on the South Side.

Although most, if not all, of the homes pictured above have since been demolished, the boulevard still boasts some of the city’s grandest homes.

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Wood-Maxey-Boyd House

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John Morris/Chicago Patterns

Built for George E. Wood in 1885, and designed by architect John C. Cochrane, who also designed the Illinois State Capitol. Was owned by the same family from 1948 until 2011, when it was sold for $450,000.

Swallowed by Ivy

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At Wabash and Pershing, a house is covered by ivy sits next to a vacant greystone.