One-Flats on Cullerton and Pulaski

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Cullerton/Pulaski [John Morris]

Cullerton/Pulaski [John Morris]

One-flat greystones (or “shoeboxes” according to Chicago Greystone & Vintage Home Program) on Cullerton near Pulaski, K-Town Historic District.

3200 Block

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3200 block of West Ohio Street

3200 block of West Ohio Street

Gabriel X. Michael

Chicago’s Forgotten Turner Halls: Turnverein Vorwaerts


John Morris/Chicago Patterns

[John Morris/Chicago Patterns]

At Roosevelt and Western is Vorwaerts Turner Hall, a castle-like structure which stands as one of the few remnants of a former German neighborhood on the Near West Side.

There were once dozens of Turner Halls all over Chicago, but Vorwaerts is one of only two that remain in the city. This mysterious looking building is a living artifact of a group that began in Chicago 164 years ago, and continues the same traditions today.

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Demolition Imminent for Former Standard Brewery Tied House (Updated)


Detail view of the Standard Brewery logo masonry ornament detail and keystones. Gabriel X. Michael/Chicago Patterns

UPDATE 07/20/2015: 

One month since my last update, I can now report that the demolition of the former Standard Brewery tied house at 3801 West Grand Avenue has been completed. It began early on Monday, July 13th, continued through that day and the next, and the building was completely wrecked & removed by sunset on Tuesday, July 14th. I visited the site several times over that 48 hour period of demolition, and some photos made during those visits are seen below. Continue reading »