The historic facade of 3244-3250 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue will be saved as part of the new proposed four-story building at the site. The historic building is orange-rated in the Chicago Historic Resources Survey. This rating confirms the historic importance of the building but can only delay demolition for 90 days. The proposed development requires a zoning increase to build a four-story structure.
The Hollywood-North Park Community Association hosted a well-attended community meeting on Monday, July 29. No representatives from 39th Ward Alderman Samantha Nugent’s office or City of Chicago were present, so Ward Miller from Preservation Chicago formally asked that the developer commit to saving, restoring and bonding the historic facade with a formal development agreement with the City of Chicago to insure its preservation and setback on the new building. Tony Trandai, the developer, agreed. Preservation Chicago will continue to advocate to the owner/developer to enter into a written agreement with the City to protect the facade and integrate it into the new development.
The architect of the building in 1930 was Edward Steinberg. Steinberg also designed the Bel-Park Theater 3231 N. Cicero Avenue, the now demolished State Theater at 5814 W. Madison, the Genesee Theater in Waukegan and numerous other smaller commercial structures, several of them orange-rated buildings.