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Old May 17th, 2009, 07:10 AM   #1
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Lost Chicago

In, um, honor of Preservation Month, I thought we might post pictures of the Chicago buildings whose loss we most regret.

In my case, I think it's North Western Station, demolished in 1984:

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Old May 17th, 2009, 10:40 AM   #2
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what's there now? (please don't say that last photo is current)
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Old May 17th, 2009, 06:29 PM   #3
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^ Isn't that where Citigroup Center is located now?
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Old May 17th, 2009, 10:00 PM   #4
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The Garrick Theater. It would be such an asset to the Randolph theater strip today, and its interior was incredible. The fact that it was replaced with crap (architecturally speaking) also hurts:


www.chicagopostcardmuseum.org


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Old May 18th, 2009, 01:17 AM   #5
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^ Isn't that where Citigroup Center is located now?
Only the train shed remains. Yes, citigroup occupies that land now and Metra still runs Union Pacific service from there (or rather the other way around).
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Old May 18th, 2009, 02:16 AM   #6
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I though this thread would be about the book, Lost Chicago. http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Chicago-D.../dp/0823028712

the entire book is filled with lost gems. Its really sad actually.
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Old May 5th, 2011, 05:47 AM   #7
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In, um, honor of Preservation Month, I thought we might post pictures of the Chicago buildings whose loss we most regret.

In my case, I think it's North Western Station, demolished in 1984:

[IMG]http://i41.************/2wf8e8x.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i42.************/zvaqt4.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i41.************/ixw3e1.jpg[/IMG]
Such a heartbreaking loss. Demolished in 1984.

I talk about this loss on my river tours.
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Old June 29th, 2011, 06:32 AM   #8
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Yes, the train station demolition is a pointless and painful loss. I worked in the basement for a time in 1975. The whole floor was occupied by a single IBM370 computer. It was not in any way inspiring as the main floor was.

What's there now is more depressing than a hole in the ground would be. At least the track and platforms are still there and are more attractive than the cheezy green steel mall which replaced the white marble station. I'd be interested to find out how this big mistake happened.

By the way, BVictor1, your boat tours rock!
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Old June 29th, 2011, 11:59 PM   #9
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How did it happen? The Byrne Administration was promised a big new taxpaying building full of good jobs, and preservation architect Wilbert Hasbrouck prostituted himself and testified that North Western Station had no historical significance. RTA/Metra was less than a decade old, had just lost its gas tax, and was very unsure about where it would get money to run the trains, much less the big old train station.
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I still like using the northern entrance of the NW/Olgilvie Station...it feels more old school. Glad they brightened it up some with the French Market, now it's not a ghost town like it used to be.
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Subscribed! i really like this kind of thread and thank you for your effort
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