THREATENED: Ornate Terra Cotta Holiday Club Building Threatened with Demolition (Chicago 7 2023)

Traffic Intersection at Sheridan Road and Irving Park Road (image 05), Illinois Department of Transportation Chicago Traffic photographs, University of Illinois at Chicago. Library. Special Collections Department, IDOT_2f_173_6040

“The Holiday Club is hoping to stay in its longtime Uptown home as its building is slated to be turned into a seven-story apartment complex.

“The building at the northwest corner of Irving Park and Sheridan roads is the site of a proposed development that would bring 92 apartments and 36 parking spaces to the border of Uptown and Lakeview.

“That development would replace Holiday Club’s existing building plus apartments and storefronts containing El Palmar restaurant and Roots Smoke & Vapor Shop, 4006 N. Sheridan Rd. The future of those businesses is in doubt due to the development proposal.

“It is unclear if any retail space will be included in the proposed building, which still needs city approval. The public notice for the proposed development does not mention ground-floor retail.

“The developer, Catapult Real Estate Solutions, is asking the city’s permission to have ‘residential uses’ in the building’s first floor, which is a request some developers make to include apartments instead of commercial space at the street level.

“For now, it will be business as usual for Holiday Club, the retro-themed bar and popular late night spot that has been open for 30 years. That’s what Domingo is telling the customers and neighbors who increasingly are asking about the fate of the business as news of the proposed development spread.

“‘We’re as concerned as everyone else,’ Domingo said about his business.

“The seven-story, 92-unit building can be built under the property’s current zoning, but the developer is asking the city’s permission to include residential uses on the ground floor and to include less than the standard one-to-one unit-to-parking-space ratio. Catapult Real Estate Solutions is also asking the city’s permission to include less than the normally required number of truck loading zones, according to the public notice.

“Those requests will go in front of the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals, said Anna Gaebler, director of neighborhood services for Ald. Angela Clay (46th). The development does not need Clay’s or City Council’s approval because it does not require a changing of the underlying zoning designation.” (Ward, Block Club Chicago, 8/29/23)

Preservation Chicago is advocating with the community to find a preservation-oriented outcome. Despite the significant architecture of these buildings, they were overlooked by the Chicago Historic Resources Survey. Lacking an orange-rating, they are not subject to a 90 Day Demolition Delay.

In 1925, the Gothic terra cotta storefront was constructed, designed by architect Adolph Woerner as a development by owner Abe Gumbiner. Woerner is the architect responsible for the Landmarked Village Theatre. During the 1930s, this ornately ornamented building was home to a Walgreens Drug Store.

The residential segment of the 4000-4006 N. Sheridan building was built as part of a larger development that includes a row of six-flats setback from the street. It was designed by architect David Robertson and was completed 1904-1905.

David Robertson has a few structures listed in the CHRS, but these buildings are not orange rated . It was a Colin & Morris development who were successful developers in turn-of-the-century Chicago. Original address was roughly 1333-1341 N. Sheridan.

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