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Sunday, May 29
Chicago Historic Resources Survey: Included - Orange Rating [?]
Owner: Sproutcor LLC
Permit Description: Wreck and remove a 3-story 6-unit building and garage.
Status: Released on 6/27/11; Demolition permit issued 2/08/2012
As the sign proclaims, this Italianate orange-rated building will be demolished to make way for a new "custom built home" on an "oversized double lot." The firm behind the development is BGD&C, who is marketing the parcel to build a house as large as 17,000 square feet. The firm previously listed a proposed home for this site and 1948 N. Burling for $9.5 million. Given previous plans, the demolition of 1948 will likely shortly follow.
The new house will be just down the street from the Richard Parrillo, Sr. residence, helping reinforce Forbes' claim that the block is one of the most expensive in the country. Town & Country's travel section states the reason for the unusual sized buildings is a "[l]apse in landmark protection and zoning that allows 2.2 square feet of structure for every 1 square foot of land--more than double what is permitted elsewhere in the city."
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.