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Three Buildings That Bit the Dust in 1994

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Sears Catalog Building

Lawndale, 1905-1994

It was to mail order what Ellis Island was to immigration. Despite a last-minute effort to transform it into a historic-district anchor, it was torn down to make way for housing. All that will survive is the original Sears tower.

United Airlines Building

Midway Airport, 1938-1994

One of Chicago's oldest modernist buildings, destroyed for the sake of airport expansion.

Wieboldt's

River Forest, 1937-1994

Demolished to make way for a strip mall that only sounds historic: "River Forest Town Centre."

Doomed in '95: Chicago Stadium; the Arts Club interior and other buildings on the 600 block of North Michigan. Endangered: Fort Sheridan; the North Shore train station on Dempster in Skokie.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos/Raymond T. Tatum for the Chicago Historic Resources Survey, Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest.

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