While killing time on Google maps today, I discovered something sad.
My favorite building in all of Chicagoland has been demolished.
At Ogden and Kenneth on the corner of what had been the Western Electric Hawthorne works, stood a huge clerestory factory building.
A common brick building with red brick accents. It's front had three enormous arched windows. I first saw it back in the '90s when my brother took a road trip down rt66.
We stopped and stared at it. My brother observed that the form of this building was actually a basilica and we mused that this building was a cathedral to industry.
I would drive by it whenever I was out that way. I had always hoped to spend an afternoon photographing it, but I haven't gotton out there for a few years
Sometime between 2008 and 2009, it was turned into a vacant lot.
I gleebed this photo from Google earth's old street views.[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/18070751@N05/5468903319/]
[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/18070751@N05/5468903319/]Hawthorne Works[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/18070751@N05/]pkdickman[/url], on Flickr
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/22/2011 08:54PM by PKDickman.