Save 1441 Carmen from Demolition

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The historic Queen Anne home at 1441 Carmen is under threat of demolition!

One of the oldest (if not the oldest) properties on the block, this Victorian gem is the last of its kind on Carmen Avenue in Andersonville. It was built at the turn of the century on a double lot and offers valuable green space to the neighborhood. It’s a rare example of a building type which was more common in the area before the rapid development of Uptown/Andersonville in the 1910s and 1920s. To lose this structure would be to lose part of the beauty of the neighborhood.

Most homes in the Andersonville area just west of Broadway and east of Clark are courtyard buildings, workers cottages, and two and three flats. 1441 Carmen is the only Victorian Queen Anne style house in the neighborhood. With the rise of popularity in Andersonville and Uptown, developers are coming in to purchase these homes, tear them down, and put up condo buildings possible in the same lot space, often building nearly from lot line to lot line. This is slowly but surely destroying the architecture of the neighborhood and what makes Andersonville so unique in Chicago.

This house was rated Orange by the City of Chicago, meaning that it is a building which contains potentially significant architectural and historic details, and is of significance to the local community. Other Chicago buildings with the Orange designation include the Palmer House Hotel, Orchestra Hall, Chicago Athletic Club, and more. Currently, research is underway to learn more about the exact year of construction, architect, and former residents of the home.

Please sign this petition to let your voice be heard that you are against the demolition of 1441 Carmen. Time has nearly run out on this historic house — it’s important that we do all we can to save it for future generations in the neighborhood. This petition will be presented to the Winona Foster Carmen Winnemac (WFCW) Block Club, the oldest block club in the city of Chicago, and handed to 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar’s office.


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