Re: Unusual factory/small shop at 4112 N California...need info
Date: January 14, 2010 10:35AM
> I didn't grow up in the area...I lived with my
> girlfriend at Sunnyside and Troy until a few
> months ago..we used to walk all over the
> neighborhood checking out different locations..
> the aerial view is great, gives you everything but
> the front of that building....which was very
> unique to me...I found it odd that a machine shop
> would be planted smack dab in the middle of a
> residential area, across from a park...Very
> there are similiar buildings to that located in
> Ukraine Village, Wicker Park, etc. and now some in
> Humboldt Park that have been or art being
> converted to photography or arts related studios.
> I always thought that building would have been the
> perfect candidate for that.
Yes it is strange that that building was there, and that it was built in the 40's most of the buildings on Richmond and the surrounding neighborhood were built in the 20's. but, the buildings on California seem a lot newer. I know Horner Park was a brick factory in the early 1900's, after that from about the 30's the company abandoned the site, and the clay pits became a garbage dump. Then in the 40's the CPD bought the land and made the park. I remember our landlord, he was in his 60's back then telling us the story. he grew up in the hood. I also remember as a kid playing in the park hear people say the hill at Horner was made of garbage covered by dirt. But back to our machine shop, I agree that building could have been used for a art studio, too bad it's gone, it was a oddity. BUT if it was built in the 40's I wonder...... what was there before it????
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 01/14/2010 12:48PM by 222psm.