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Tuesday, August 23
Chicago Historic Resources Survey: Not included [?]
Owner: City of Chicago
Permit Description: Wreck and remove 2 story brick building.
Status: Demolition permit issued 5/16/2012
Demolition of this former home of One Stop Radiator Service had already begun when I arrived, but the unusual façade was still in tact behind the protective fence. Two of the demolition workers expressed surprise that the building was being demolished. They remarked "the city probably just got sick of it." "They think it's a nuisance ... There's nothing wrong with it. It's got good bones."
Two recent 311 calls cited the building as open and vacant on March 14 and May 6, but the building was otherwise absent from the 311 system.
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.