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Sunday, March 26
Chicago Historic Resources Survey: Included - Orange Rating [?]
Owner: The University of Chicago
Permit Description: Demolition of a 3-story residential building.
Status: Under Review
While Dixon, Illinois is remembered as President Ronald Reagan's childhood home, he spent an earlier part of his childhood in Hyde Park. In 1915 and 1916 the young former president lived in an apartment in the western half of this building. Despite concerns from presidential historians and historic preservationists, the building will be demolished by The University of Chicago in early 2013 if an alternative plan is not reached by the city and the university. The demolition will allow its medical complex to expand north and west between Drexel Ave. and Maryland Ave. As seen above, the university has already fenced off the property following an application for a demolition permit. The building will be demolished alongside at least seven other adjacent properties.
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.