Save Our Stable: Halt the demolition of historic Boston Store Stable

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Save Our Stable! 

The last remaining Boston Store Stable building has been purchased and issued a demolition permit. Designed by Holabird and Roche, the building was constructed ca. 1906  for the Boston Store. Founded in 1873, the Boston Store was one of Chicago’s most prominent department stores and mail order businesses until 1948. The company’s Holabird and Roche-designed department store still stands at the northwest corner of State and Madison and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Located at 4340 S. Vernon Avenue the stable building is the last vestige of the Boston Store’s network of warehouse and stables throughout the city which helped facilitate the daily delivery and movement of goods.  

The building has housed a myriad of activities – from its original use as a horse stable and later auto garage for the Boston Store to apartments and the home of the Greater Chicago k Elks Lodge No.954 for nearly 50 years that saw the likes of B.B. King and Buddy Guy, and finally the home of the Temple of the African Community In recent years it has fallen into disrepair, but with a little time and love it can be returned to its former beauty and rehabilitated to once again serve our community.

We are asking for a 90-day moratorium on development while we construct a plan and recruit a team to restore this historic building to the community anchor it once was. As of now, the current owners plan to tear down this testament to Bronzeville’s rich history at any moment. We are asking Alderman Dowell to do whatever she can to halt the demolition process while we amass the resources to transfer ownership of the building to a preservation-friendly developer interested in revitalizing and celebrating the Boston Store Stable as a significant piece of Bronzeville’s past.

Help us Save Our Stable! Please sign this petition to ask Ald. Dowell to support this effort.