Re: 76th and Greenwood - large rounded corner lot
Date: January 23, 2013 09:00PM
Fuuny you should ask, I was just thinking about this weirdness the other day.
From what I've read, it was once the site of the Cornell Watch Factory, owned by Paul Cornell. Here's what the mention on Wikimapia says:
[i]In 1870, Paul Cornell, the founder of Hyde Park and landowner of most of the South Side of Chicago, built his Cornell Watch Company's factory here. At the time there were no streets here, only the train tracks of Grand Crossing, which provided access for materials and workers. Cornell sold the business in 1874 and the new owners moved it to Berkeley, California. The building remained in place long enough for Chicago's street grid to come through the area, but since the property and sewer lines were established, this perturbation in the street pattern was set permanently.