Friday, December 10, 2010

Did you know there's a potential landmark in our community

Chatham Center at 79th and Cottage Grove
Chatham Center pictured above you might have seen a couple of posts on this building during the time this blog has been publishing. This Archived News post from June 2009 takes an old news article about its re-opening back in 1986. You may have also seen a post that mentioned this building in a scan from the book Hands on Chicago.

Thanks to Lee Bey he alerts us to "an overlooked but dazzling collection of terra cotta-clad buildings on and around 79th & Cottage Grove and 75th & Cottage Grove." He provides us with a document from the City of Chicago on the Chatham Greater Grand Crossing Commercial District. The pic of the Chatham Center comes from that document which is provided here on the blog near the end of this post.

In that post, Bey focuses mainly on the Lathrop Homes housing project near Diversey on the Chicago River. This project is being considered by the city for a landmark designation and he also hopes that these commercial buildings along Cottage Grove gets consideration as well from the city. I hope they get landmark designation as well. These buildings look great and hopefully they can be used by generations to come.

Some may say that they knew how to building things back in the day. Not only that they also knew to building them looking great. Let's hope in the future when looking at building new buildings in our community that new developments will rival those of the past. And hope that both can be preserved for future use and not be torn down due to neglect.

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