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Purcell & Elmslie Factory in Chicago?

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2006 5:15 pm    Post subject: Purcell & Elmslie Factory in Chicago? Reply with quote

I realize that this isn't a FLLW question, but I thought I'd tap into the Chicago wisdom of this forum.



Purcell & Elmslie designed a number of factory buildings for the International Leather & Belting Corporation, also known as Alexander Brothers. Just today I learned the street address of the one built example in Chicago, which was located at 3223-41 S. Western Boulevard. (This information gleaned from http://digital.lib.umn.edu/IMAGES/reference/pur/pur01761.jpg)



Does anyone know whether this building is still standing? I am very doubtful, because of its location next to the Stevenson.



I appreciate any news.



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2006 6:49 pm    Post subject: Northwest Architectural Archives at the Univ of Minnesota Reply with quote

The Purcell & Elmslie archives are located at the Northwest Architectural Archives at the Univ of Minnesota. In addition Jack Howe's archives are located there. Here is the web site. http://special.lib.umn.edu/manuscripts/architect.html
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 8:58 pm    Post subject: Alewxander Brothers Reply with quote

See also Mark Hammons' fabulous Purcell & Elmslie website for additional materials related to this project (and much more).



http://www.organica.org/PEJN340.htm
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I know about the UofM archives
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the 70's I used to drive through this area often on both Western

and the Stevenson. I'm sure I would have noticed such a striking

building. That I did not leads me to believe that it was already gone

at that time.

Not wanting to put total trust in memory I just checked an aerial photo

of the area (www.terraserver-usa.com) and do not see anything that

looks like it. Afraid this beautiful building is long gone.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aerial photos--a brilliant idea. Thanks for suggesting it. You're right: it doesn't appear that any such building exists there anymore.



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