FINAL Push to Save These Victorian Rowhouses from Demolition!

FINAL Push to Save These Victorian Rowhouses from Demolition!

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Preservation Chicago, NFP: Love your City Fiercely! started this petition to City of Chicago

Preservation Chicago STRONGLY OPPOSED THE DEMOLITION of these three, authentic, beautiful, charming historic Chicago rowhouses. The developer's likely strategy was that the urban blight from a vacant lot will help to push through an unpopular plan for a massive parking garage and generic glass-box tower on the site.

On March 7, 2019, one day prior to the release of the demolition permit, "with bulldozer's idling in the parking lot," the three 1880’s-era rowhouses located at 42, 44 and 46 East Superior Street in Chicago were spared from immediate demolition by being included in a Preliminary Landmark District. 

This temporary protection is about to run out.

Their ultimate fate will be determined at the public hearing to either approve or reject the Preliminary Landmark District.  The hearing will be held by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 201-A, City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois and the hearing could stretch into Friday January 17.

If approved, in addition to saving the three Superior Street Rowhouses, the Near North Side Multiple Property District would grant protection against demolition to a cluster of 15 McCormickville Near North Side residential buildings built in the years following the Great Chicago Fire of 187. At that time, McCormickville was one of Chicago's most desirable neighborhoods. Today only a handful of the beautiful buildings from that period survive. 

If you are able, PLEASE COME to the public meeting to voice your support, wither through a brief statement of support for the proposed Landmark Designation.

If you can't make it in person, PLEASE SIGN the petition and perhaps consider writing a comment.  When the Commission asks if there is public support to save these rowhouses, we will present all 5,000 plus signatures and comments into the record.

At the Preliminary Commission on Chicago Landmarks hearing last March, Preservation Chicago was called to testify and we proudly presented into the record a petition with over 5,000 signatures.  The printed signature packet was 232 pages long and was as thick as a telephone book. The wonderful comments in support spanned 21 pages!

Some comments were read aloud and all were submitted into the record.  The "voice of the community" spoke powerfully and was instrumental in helping to bring about the positive outcome over the objections of deep-pocketed, powerful development forces.

THANK YOU for your supporting this effort by signing to petition!

If approved, the Final Landmark Designation would protect the following survivors for the generations to come.

642 N. Dearborn Street
14 W. Erie Street
17 E. Erie Street
110 W. Grand Avenue
1 E. Huron Street
9 E. Huron Street
10 E. Huron Street
16 W. Ontario Street
18 W. Ontario Street
212 E. Ontario Street
222 E. Ontario Street
716 N. Rush Street
671 N. State Street
42 E. Superior Street
44-46 E. Superior Street

With your continued support, this Landmark District could represent a highly significant win for Chicago's architectural heritage and for maintaining whats left of the character of the McCormickville Near North Side.  If approved, the accomplishment will be worth the years of advocacy, the months of intensive community organizing and architectural research, and final intense effort to support the protection of these buildings in order to achieve this potentially wonderful outcome.

For years, Preservation Chicago has advocated for the Designation of the “McCormickville” Landmark District. The need is now urgent in response to the increasing frequency and many recent losses of low-rise historic Near North Side buildings, in and around an area established by Cyrus McCormick’s family and once known as “McCormickville”. 

The clock is ticking as development pressure intensifies and developers have begun to actively targeting the last remaining clusters of intact, low-rise, historic buildings as development sites.

"And with the continued demolition of other shorter, older buildings in the area, that there are only a handful of the original McCormickville buildings left. We need to value every inch of space where there are historic buildings that tell the story of the neighborhood.” Ward Miller, (Curbed Chicago, Koziarz, 12/8/16)

The new “McCormickville” Landmark District would be comprised of the handful of remaining historic buildings would be a powerful tool to protect this neighborhood’s historic building fabric and strengthen the vibrancy of this community.

If you wish to learn more of the specific details, please add your email to our Month-In-Review Newsletter distribution list.  This FREE monthly email newsletter is designed to bring you quickly up to speed on all the preservation efforts across the City of Chicago.  We celebrate the victories and mourn the losses.  It is an indispensable resource for those who "Love Chicago Fiercely".

Preservation Chicago "punches far above our weight" despite being a small nonprofit organization.  Donations from individuals are essential to allow the organization to continue to work to achieve our mission.  We do more than just work hard...we deliver.  Here is the link if you wish to support the organization.

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