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Sunday, April 23
Chicago Historic Resources Survey: Not included [?]
Owner: Complete Expert Construction
Permit Description: Wreck and remove a 1 story frame house with detached garage.
Status: Demolition permit issued 4/05/2012
This unusual back-of-the-lot home was listed as a Fannie Mae Homepath foreclosure property and sold for $42,000 just under a month before the demolition permit was issued. When the building's southern neighbors were told about the pending demolition, they responded "We've been praying every day that the building goes away."
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.