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To be Demolished

8851 S. Escanaba Ave.

Chicago Historic Resources Survey: Not included [?]
Year: 1888
Architect: Unknown
Owner: City of Chicago
Permit Description: Wreck & remove 2 story frame residence.
Status: Demolition permit issued 12/27/2012

The building burned in the morning of October 29, during which 20 residents were displaced, and a firefighter was wounded. The building received two vacant building requests, before the fire in June 2011 and after the fire on December 13. A few days later, December 17, a graffiti removal request was made on the now "vacant and abandoned" building.

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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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