January 2021 Month-in-Review Newsletter


The ABCs of Chicago’s Historic Buildings
By Deborah Mercer

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Table of Contents

  1. Chicago 7 2021 Announcement, February 24, 2021
  2. WIN: Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley House Landmarked!
  3. THREATENED: Chicago Union Station Power House
  4. THREATENED: Chicago Union Station Power House Essay
  5. THREATENED: Lake Street Schlitz Tied House/ La Luce
  6. THREATENED: Thompson Center
  7. WIN: Pilgrim Baptist Church
  8. LOSS: Hollenbach Building Demolished
  9. THREATENED: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
  10. THREATENED: Phyllis Wheatley Home
  11. THREATENED: Sapphire Building
  12. WIN: Invest South/West Development Proposals
  13. WIN: Jefferson Park Firehouse
  14. LOSS: St. Stephenson Church
  15. WIN: Earle School
  16. WIN: The Double Door at Wilson Theater
  17. WIN: Fullerton State Bank
  18. WIN: Ryerson Mansion
  19. WIN: Perkins-Nordine House
  20. WIN: Keith Mansion
  21. THREATENED: Riis Park and Riis Park Fieldhouse
  22. RETIRING: Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune architecture critic
  23. THREATENED: 90-Day Demolition Delay Watch List
  24. LOSS: Spotlight on Demolition (77 demolitions in January 2021)
  • RADIO: WGN Radio 720 Chicago: Keeping Chicago’s Architectural History Alive with Preservation Chicago’s Ward Miller
  • PRINT: Chicago Sun-Times: Landmark Decision Leaves Pilsen’s Future in Limbo
  • PRINT: WTTW Chicago: The Bold Architecture of Chicago’s Black Churches
  • PRINT: WTTW Chicago: Legacy of Muddy Waters to Live On at MOJO Museum
  • PANEL: Preserving the Past, Fortifying the Future: The Economic Case for Historic Preservation presented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation


  • Greater Than Zero Percent Podcast “Chicago – America’s Biggest Small Town” with Ward Miller
  • Building, Breaking, Rebuilding Podcast with Ward Miller
  • The World’s Columbian Exposition – The White City from the Windy City Historians Podcast. Episode 19 – The Third Star
  • The Central Park: Historic Movie Palace In Distress


  • Roseland’s South Michigan Avenue Commercial District: “The Avenue’s” Past, Present and Future
  • Preservation Chicago Tours the Arlington Deming Historic District


  • Chicago 7 Posters and Swag
  • Please Support Preservation Chicago


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