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Thursday, February 23
Chicago Historic Resources Survey: Not included [?]
Owner: BGC Incorporated
Permit Description: Wreck and remove a frame, multi-family & garage.
Status: Demolition permit issued 5/29/2012
On November 9, 2010, the building received a 311 call for being open and vacant, but just a month later on December 14, 2010 a permit was issued to convert the building from a single family residence from a two-unit building. By May 9, 2011, another 311 call reported the building vacant.
When a neighbor was told about the building, she was overwhelmed:
Oh, fantastic! That's the best news I've heard all year ... We've been waiting on that building to be demolished or rehabbed since we moved here. After we moved here in 2010, the buyer came to our door while telling all neighbors that he was planning on converting it into a single family house. It's been like that almost since then.
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.