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To be Demolished

1951 N. Orchard St.

Chicago Historic Resources Survey: Included - Orange Rating [?]
Year: 1885
Architect: Unlisted
Owner: Mark Walter
Permit Description: Wreck and remove 2-story brick single-family house.
Status: Released on 9/13/11; Demolition permit issued 2/08/2012

Additional Details

This Queen Anne/Eastlake style single-family building was rated orange by the CHRS and was subject to a demolition delay. However, the delay was released in September 2011, opening the present possibility of demolition.

The owner, Mark Walter of Guggenheim Capital, owns or owned at least three other parcels on Orchard. Given the building is currently flanked by two open lots on a street where multi-million dollar houses are the norm, Walter may be assembling a multiple parcel site for new construction. It's the same pattern seen with 1950 N. Burling St., which is just one block to the west.

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