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Thursday, September 1
Chicago Historic Resources Survey: Not included [?]
Owner: Ashland/Van Buren, Inc.
Permit Description: Wreck and remove an 8'x12' one story brick gas station kiosk only. Canopy to remain.
Status: Demolition permit issued 1/17/2012
Since 2006, 18 demolition permits have been explicitly issued for gas station buildings, although references to the demolition of others can be found in new construction permits.
In this case, the threatened building's replacement is already nearly constructed. As the permit states, the demolition is of the small 8'x10' building, but the site also contains a large canopy (seen at the top of the frame), a car wash and the new structure (behind the kiosk). Following gas station trends, the replacement building is a new, much larger convenience store. It is rendered in the illustrations taped to the kiosk's wind guard.
Over the course of 2012 David Schalliol produced a photographic portrait of 100 of the hundreds of buildings threatened with demolition in the city of Chicago. Nearly all of the buildings have since been demolished. Visit the background information section for more information about the project, including definitions and links to other building resources.
The series is supported by a generous grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.