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Monday, February 26

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To be Demolished

221 E. 119th St.

Chicago Historic Resources Survey: Included [?]
Year: 1890s
Architect: Andrew F. Hughes
Owner: City of Chicago
Permit Description: Wreck & remove 2 story frame single family residence.
Status: Demolition permit issued 12/27/2012

This West Pullman residence was last sold for $160,000 in August 2004. It was on the market with the following description:

    INVESTOR SPECIAL! 5 bedroom home sitting on 3 standard size lots. Add'l PINs are 25271040210000 & 25271040230000. Home can easily be converted back into a 2 flat for good cash flow opportunity. GREAT PRICE! MAKE OFFER!

It has since been the subject of 49 building violations, six graffiti requests and three 311 vacant building requests, the last as recent as April.

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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.

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