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Neighborhoods Tue Mar 12 2013

Preservation Chicago's 7 Endangered Buildings (Map)



Preservation Chicago announced its "Chicago 7," a list of seven significant buildings the organization feels are in danger of demolition this year, on March 12. The list includes:


  • the Allstate Headquarters Building

  • the Century and Consumers Building

  • Hotel Guyon

  • the Julia C. Lathrop Homes

  • the Medic Building

  • St James Catholic Church

  • State Bank of Clearing

"We try to narrow down the list to what we feel is under immediate threat," said Jonathan Fine, executive director of Preservation Chicago. "There has to be some immediacy."

The preservation group grew out of a Near North Side preservation rally in 2000 and officially formed as Preservation Chicago in 2001. It has been listing the top seven threatened buildings every year since 2003. Some years, all seven buildings on the list survive, and the most they lose in a given year is two, according to Fine. Sometimes one entry on the list is a historic district, or multiple buildings, such as the Century and Consumer buildings on this year's list.

"A parent wouldn't choose which child they love best and we don't choose which building we love best," said Fine.

Click on the map markers for more information on each building.

 
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