click images for larger viewWe recently came across a great post on the Chiboulevards blog and we had to check it out for ourselves.
here. Then last fall, that facade was removed to reveal, beneath the superimposed metal framing, the battered but still handsome Art Deco facade of original structure, designed by architects Leichenko and Esser, which can be seen here. The building was completed in 1931, on a former used car lot next to 1925 3,000 seat Harding Theatre, one of the lesser remembered of Chicago's great movie palaces, which was demolished less than four decades later, in 1963.
flatiron tower at Diversey and Milwaukee that has been recently been restored as the Hairpin Lofts, also remembered as the former Morris B Sachs store.
good luck token promising "Prosperity. Health. Happiness", as well as the diecut tin sign seen below.
Logan Square Preservation reluctantly conceded that nothing could really be done to save the original limestone facade, which would be very expensive to restore, so now we're getting this:
2700 Apartments, which is as achingly generic as the original was playfully distinctive. If you're in the neighborhood, walk by to check it out one last time. It won't be there much longer.