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Thursday, May 5
Chicago Historic Resources Survey: Not included [?]
Owner: City of Chicago
Permit Description: Wreck & remove 2 story frame multi unit building with basement.
Status: Demolition permit issued 2/10/2012
The frame residence on the left, 8522 S. Burley Ave., has been significantly altered in recent years, including the elimination of the front steps.
It received three 311 calls for being a vacant building in 2010 and 2011, including on May 5, 2011 and June 30, 2011 for the building being totally open.
When informed of the building's pending demolition, a neighbor said she wasn't sure what she thought about it coming down; after all, "The kids on the block love that building." It is spooky with its fluttering curtains and no way in.
The building on the right is currently occupied despite -- or perhaps because -- the front door is off its hinges.
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.