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Saturday, May 25

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To be Demolished

3639 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago Historic Resources Survey: Included - Orange Rating [?]
Year: 1889
Architect: Charles M. Palmer
Style: Gothic
Ward: 3
Applicant: Spirit Wrecking & Excavation
Owner: City of Chicago (court-ordered demolition)
Permit Description: Wreck and remove a 2-story masonry building.
Status: Under review

Additional Details

This block of South Michigan Avenue was once the home of many grand residences, but it has been radically transformed by institutional and low income building construction in the last 60 years. This building is one of only six remaining original buildings on the block.

A 311 call was made about the building being open and vacant on May 27, 2011. Despite being added to the list in July 2011, the building remains standing for now.

Whet Moser published additional information about the architect on The 312, including the year built, which has subsequently been added above.

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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.

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