So I've lived in Edgewater all of my life in the area around Clark Street and Peterson. When I first knew the building at 6001 N. Broadway, it was home to Midwest Carpet. It had large aluminum "awnings" covering the upper floor of the building so it was impossible to figure out what the place was historically.From the visible part of the structure and it's location, I always assumed it had been some sort of factory or warehouse. In the 1980's the place became home to Hancock Fabrics but the aluminum awnings remained. Here's a photo:
In recent months, the place closed down and the neighborhood association reported that it was about to be transformed into an LA Fitness Center. It seemed that I would finally get a look at the totality of the building during the transformation. Lo and behold, a couple of months ago the awnings started coming off. The first thing to be revealed was an old Midwest Carpet billboard on the south side of the building telling potential customers that their product was endorsed by Mal Bellairs of WIVS Radio, (apparently a local radio personality who was a spokesman for Midwest).Within a week, the awnings came off the front of the building uncovering a large cast stone medallion on the top. I had to get close to the thing in order to read the lettering: "Studebaker". A little research showed that Studebaker had built the place as a showroom in the 1920's. Here's some photos:
I remembered someone around here once saying that car dealers of yore depended on opulent showrooms to push their models. It was in a discussion about the building that housed the Broadway Bank (now mb) just down the street at 5960 North Broadway. I forgot which car manufacturer they said it belonged to (anyone remember the conversation?) but I took the opportunity to grab a photo of it as well:
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/05/2013 02:22AM by Mornac.