Re: Goose Island, North Elston house
Date: January 29, 2013 11:52PM
You might get some search direction with the online version of the 1929 Polks Directory. Of course, that's dated forty years after the building was constructed, but it would at least indicate who lived there, how the building was used, and the ethnicity of the neigborhood in that year. I find that Google Books is sometimes helpful, as well, either searching by name or address; photos usually only turn up by luck, especially if the building wasn't famous/infamous.
My father and his family lived one block east, at 1520 Throop, in the early '50s - there are still a couple of remaining houses on that block, too. I can ask them for details about the area at the time, but I do know that the area was far more industrial than it is now, and they probably wound up there because it was cheap.
I'd guess they were never demolished because nobody gave them much thought to begin with.