Be a village of preservation, not demolition


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Your article, "Village gets Field's 'notch' for a buck," Jan. 5 is troubling. Are we giving away valuable parcels to Whiteco, who, according to village development director, Mike Chen, began with an unsolicited proposal?

In addition to the "notch," our village is knocking down the perfectly good Hoppe 13-unit brick building and giving its land to Whiteco. Are we becoming a village of preservation or demolition? Local architect Frank Heitzman shared his list of 22 historic buildings headed for the wrecking ball in Oregon-based Crandall-Arambula's "master plan," which cost taxpayers $241,000.

Where's the public discussion/hearing on this demolition? Are we allowing our village officials to dishonor our original architects? Are we ready to say goodbye to these buildings and the small businesses which occupy them? Do you value these historic buildings? Call Oak Park's Trustees at 708-358-5784 to tell them your views. Express your concerns at the trustees' Feb. 7 hearing at Village Hall on the "master plan."

Harlem Avenue
? 461-467, Hoppe Building, 1923, village-owned condos, H. Kramer architect; part of $8.25 million village?#34;subsidized Whiteco project, $2 million additional is for building acquisition and demolition

Lake Street
? 1125-33, Atrium Building, GNC, Olympic Mortgage, Hair Cuttery, The UPS Store and Crafts by Diane, 1931, Leichenko & Esser architects;

? 1123, Hats & Accessories and His + Her Hair Goods, Ca. 1894;

? 1121, Professional Eye Center, ca. 1894, remodeled in 1933 by Samuel E. Bird architect;

? 1117-19, Thrift Securities Building, Fantasy Jewelry, Sterlite Medical staffing and Citi Financial Services 1930, Charles E. White, Jr. & Bertram architects; note base relief sculpture near top facade;

? 1111, Jet Cleaners, 1880s; this building the only remnant of first Lake Street construction;

? 1107,  Pebbles & Balch store, now Alphabet Soup, remodeled by Robert C. Taylor and previously remodeled by Frank Lloyd Wright

? 1040, Holmes & Forsythe Building, Bank One, 1929, Holabird & Root architects; facade and 50 feet proposed to be saved,

? 1034-36, Maple Tree Restaurant and Pro Nails 2, 1938, Meyer & Cook architects; facade and 50 feet proposed to be saved;

Westgate Street
Created as an "English Village" in 1929 by Paul F. Desmond;
? 1138-50, Style Magic Hair salon, 1140 Westgate Therapies Medical Center, the Westgate Building Offices, Score Learning Center and Quizno's Restaurant, 1931 Leichenko & Esser architects;

? 1137?#34;45, offices, 1925;

? 1133, Westgate Professional Building, 1925, Fred Linguist architect;

? 1121-25, Westgate Orthopedics Medical Office, 1931, Arthur B. Maiwum architect;

? 1118-1126, Oak Park Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, dental offices, 1931, Meyer & Cook architects; Frank Lloyd Wright is said to have designed the Blue Parrot 2nd floor tea roam;

? 1111, Westgate Business Center, 1931, Meyer & Cook architects;

South Boulevard
? 1111-1113, The Playhouse Theater, law offices, 1913, E.E. Roberts architect;

? 1107-09, Szechwan Beijing restaurant, 1922, E.E. Roberts architect;

? 1037-41, Galerie St. James and Oak Park Regional Housing Center, 1926, Roy Hotchkiss architect;

? 1031-35, Boulevard Arcade Building, Huget Advertising, 1922, reputedly E.E. Roberts architect;

? 1025-29, Snow Bros. building, Loro Auto Works, 1929, Harvey Wright and Samuel Bird architect;

North Boulevard
? 830, Avenue Garage, Aria Group Architects, Direct Plot, Inc., 1923, weller and Rippel Inc. architect;

? 828, The Auto Clinic, 1937, A.J, Buerger, Jr. architect;
Barbara Mullarkey
Oak Park

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