Stories to Tell: 5724 West Race Avenue, Chicago
I buy vintage magazines about architecture and decoration. It is fascinating having a window into the past.
While today we look at, say, a 1924 issue of House & Garden and think: I love all these antique appliances/curtains/furnishings, in 1924 all this stuff was new! I try and imagine:
- It it 1924
- I am sitting in a chair, with the sun streaming in through an adjacent window
- With the latest issue of House & Garden, all fresh and crispy
- As I savor the articles and ads for cool new stuff.
If I come across a structure which has an address, I invariably run to my computer to find it. Recently I came across a fine old home in Chicago, and shown in a 1928 issue of American Builder.
Then my heart jumped a bit. The address was listed! Whoee!
Immediately I thought: Does the house still exist?
So, does this fine old house, with it new Winthrop Tapered Asphalt shingles, still exist?
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The above is particularly sad as most of the immediate neighborhood is intact. Just not 5724.
I cannot help but wonder: what happened?
An empty lot…with stories to tell.
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