Tuesday, June 7, 2016

June 7, 2000 -- Landmark District Status Proposed for Dearborn Street



June 7, 2000 – The Chicago Tribune reports that as the Coe mansion awaits the wreckers on Dearborn Street, the Daley administration proposes landmark district status to protect buildings along a half-mile stretch of Dearborn, all of which were built in the 1870’s and 1880’s in the decade or so after the Chicago fire.  The proposal would grant the structures preliminary landmark status, triggering a yearlong process of public hearings if new construction or alterations are proposed.  “Once a demolition permit is granted, our hands are tied,” says a spokesman for the city’s Planning Department, Becky Carroll.  “Getting these buildings on the docket gives the city the ability to save them.”  [Chicago Tribune, June 7, 2000]  The threat to the Coe Mansion, which housed a popular Renalli’s Restaurant and which actually did end up being torn down, generated a new unity among various preservation groups.  Out of the struggle to save the building Preservation Chicago was born.

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