I've noticed the red brick structure on the NE corner of Fulton and Damen for many years, and it wasn't until recently that I actually took a close look at it. The structure looks like it goes back to the turn of the century, maybe even further.
the stone etching at the top of the building reads "HERBERT HINCHLIFFE"...
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seems like Hinchliffe was the proprietor of "H HINCHLIFFE TEAMING CO", more than likely a cartage co. that kept and maintained horses, back in the day when the horse was the main method of transporting goods and people back and forth. So the HINCLIFFE building could have been a structure as a stable to maintain teams of horses.
I've seen other a couple of other indications that other buildings in that area could have been used way back when, as teaming facilities. It's also kind of interesting to note that the "Teamsters" must have been a pretty powerful group, and when organized, had the ability to ulitmately control the business climate in the city. Goods don't get delivered, and businesses don't operate.
Wish I knew how to post stuff on here, or maybe we can't unless it's a picture on Flickr. Anyway, I found Herbert Hinchliffe's obituary in the Tribune on Feb 12 1954. It says he was 83, pioneer Chicago teaming and trucking operator. Lived at the Lake Shore Club 850 LSD, owned Hinchliffe Teaming Company until 1935 and later was associated with several trucking lines. He retired 7 years ago (so in 1947 apparently). Maybe you did see this already, but figured I'd send it on anyway.
the Hinchliffe Building is listed as being built in 1926. It's actually at the NE corner of Carroll and Damen...1946-60 W Carroll...If it was built in '26, it was more likely a garage for trucks rather than horses.
Interesting also to find a number of lawsuits against Hinchliffe, one by a lady who sued Hinchliffe and the Chicago Railways Co. Apparently she was roughly
tossed from the car as she exiting, and then run over by a team of Hinchliffe's horses, driven by Hinchliffe's brother