LOSS: Historic Wachowski-Ray House in Jefferson Park Demolished

“A 105-year-old home in Jefferson Park where the first Mass for Saint Constance Parish was held [has been] demolished, although the Northwest Chicago Historical Society [was] hoping that the structure [could] be preserved due to its historical and architectural significance.

“An application to demolish the Wachowski-Ray House at 5374 W. Lawrence Ave. [was] pending with the city Department of Buildings. Its architect, J.F. Knudsen, designed a wide variety of homes and small commercial buildings in the city, according to the historical society.

“The house [was] not listed on the Chicago Historic Resources Survey, but earlier this year city planning officials identified the home as a candidate for a potential residential landmark district, which would include several prominent Jefferson Park homes, historical society researcher Frank Suerth said.

“According to county records, the property was sold on Aug. 7 to PFH Homes Inc., which could not be reached for comment. The property’s B3-2 zoning would allow for a mixed-use building with up to nine residential units to be built on the 9,500-square-foot parcel, but there are reports that a zoning relief may be sought for the site’s redevelopment.” (Nadig, 9/5/19)

Read the full article at Nadig Newspapers

Wachowski-Ray House at 5374 W. Lawrence Ave may be demolished, Historical group hopes to preserve century-old Jefferson Park home that may be demolished, Brian Nadig, Nadig Newspapers, 9/5/19


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