> Hi Frank,
> Finally got your book about Little Village. Very
> good job! I always thought you were one of us old
> timers, but you are young as seen from this
> YouTube video:
> Frank Magallon YouTube Video
Yikes! Is that really me??? lol.
George, glad that you like the book so far!
By the way, do you have anymore photos with buildings in them? Maybe some that are unidentified?
At the request of my sister, yesterday I drove to Chicago and we went to see the house at 1422 S. Millard Ave. You were right, it is the same house my grandfather built. Many thanks for finding it for me. Here is the front and the back view of it. My sister stayed in the car while I was taking these pictures.
Wow George, GREAT pictures! It's sort of rare that the back porch is still not enclosed! Very neat and also a great time to take photos with the clear sky and no leafs on the trees. It almost makes you want to pull out a table and have a card game in the back porch area!
About 15 years ago, a Brookfield tavern owner tore down the building's existing siding to replace it. Under the siding was a 'ghost' billboard for Monarch Beer. Monarch's brewery was at 21st & Western - it was formerly the Joseph Hladovec Brewing Company, built in 1890 during the period when Czech immigrants moved to the area.
I managed to get some pictures of the old Monarch billboard before the new siding went up. Since then, the original tavern building was demolished and replaced by a neighborhood bank.
Oh, by the way, 21st & Western would have been the Pilsen neighborhood, different from Little Village. Another clue to that is that Pilsen used the "Canal" telephone exchange. Little Lillage used the "Lawndale," "Bishop," "Rockwell," and "Crawford" exchanges.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 04/28/2012 08:00PM by Berwyn Frank.
Here is something fun. My friend Perry Casalino went out and rephotographed these vintage images from our collections. They are 100% dead on and aligned with the originals. Right click on the photos and save them on to your computer. When you get them both saved click back and forth and see how amazingly aligned they are. What I do is focus on some small architectural detail like a piece of limestone and compare how much the area has changed (or stayed the same) when I keep clicking back and forth.
In the modern Douglas/Spaulding photo, are those newer two-story mansard-roof buildings some sort of infill low-income housing units? I've seen the exact same buildings in other neighborhoods in the city, and one such building replaced the 1880s flat my mother lived in as a kid in Humboldt Park.
Incredible that the turret roof on the Millard house still survives.