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Statement of Condition » Rogers Park National Bank
by Serhii Chrucky » 4.21.2011

Rogers Park National Bank was founded in 1912. For the five years prior to the construction of this building in 1917, we presume that the bank occupied retail space elsewhere on Clark Street, although this has not been confirmed. Notable as architect Karl Vitzthum’s earliest extant bank design, Rogers Park National Bank is a typical classical revival style corner bank modeled after Stanford White’s highly influential Knickerbocker Trust Company. Read More »


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Statement of Condition » East Side Trust & Savings Bank
by Serhii Chrucky » 4.12.2011

East Side Trust & Savings was founded in 1919, the same year this bank was erected, and suspended operations July 1933. A stock subscription drive allowed the bank to regain enough capital to reopen Feburary 1934. Read More »


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Head Northwest » Olson Waterfall
by Daniel Pogorzelski » 9.7.2009

Those growing up in the Jefferson Park area, like so many Chicagoans who grew up on the Northwest Side, have fond memories of the Olson Rug Park and Waterfall. Read More »


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Postcards From Chicago » Albaugh-Dover
by Jacob Kaplan » 8.25.2009

Chicago’s large mail order industry didn’t just consist of legendary Sears and Montgomery Ward; many smaller firms also took advantage of Chicago’s transportation hub status and easy access to the hinterlands by locating here. Read More »


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Postcards From Chicago » Richter’s Food Products
by Jacob Kaplan » 8.12.2009

Here is arguably Chicago’s best example of an art deco style factory. The Richter’s Food Products “health sausage” factory on Randolph and Carpenter was constructed beginning in 1931 for a cost of $500,000. Read More »


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Postcards From Chicago » James C. Curtis
by Jacob Kaplan » 8.5.2009

The James C. Curtis Company manufactured “undertaker’s supplies,” which one is led to believe was a fancy term for caskets (as indicated on the semi-obscured roof sign). Read More »


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Postcards From Chicago » John Sexton
by Jacob Kaplan » 7.28.2009

John Sexton and Company was a large wholesale grocery firm that originated in Chicago in the 1870s. Read More »


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Postcards From Chicago » William D. Gibson
by Jacob Kaplan » 7.5.2009

The William D. Gibson company manufactured springs at this factory on Clybourn. Built in 1908, the factory was expanded over the years. Read More »


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Postcards From Chicago » Webster Company
by Jacob Kaplan » 7.2.2009

Chicago’s importance in the radio industry will be discussed at length in future articles. For now, this postcard provides a glimpse at one of the smaller players. Read More »


Head Northwest » Six Corners
by Staff » 6.28.2009

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