Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Andersonville named to National Register of Historic Places

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The "Andersonville Commercial District" has been named to the National Register of Historic Places, according to Chicago Breaking News:

"The Andersonville Commercial Historic District runs from the 4900 block to the 5800 block of North Clark Street.  It's closely associated with the Far North Side's Swedish community, which moved there after the 1871 Chicago fire.  The district includes fully intact turn-of-the-century commercial buildings that represent the popular architectural styles of the time, the preservation agency says."

Nice!  I live in Andersonville, so I appreciate the, er, appreciation for my neighborhood.  For those not good with numbers, 4900 to 5800 is roughly Argyle to Hollywood, so this encompasses parts of Uptown, Andersonville and Edgewater.

The National Register has also added the IBM Building at 330 N. Wabash.  Okay, I understand it was designed by Mies van der Rohe, and everyone thinks Mies van der Rohe is the bee's knees these days... but, isn't that pretty much the exact same building as the Seagrams Building in New York City?

Photo Details: Nikon D50 with 28mm lens, 1/60sec at f2.8, ISO1600.  This is Clark Street circa 2005.  This jewelry store recently closed and is currently sitting vacant. 

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