Reprieve extended for Superior Street row houses threatened with demolition
Loop North News

(Above) 42, 44, and 46 East Superior Street, location of Sunny Side Up and other businesses. Part of a 12-building neighborhood built in the 1870s and 1880s by the McCormick family. The building at left is officially known as The George A. Tripp House. (Click on image to view larger version.)

15-Dec-18 – Demolition of three 19th century row houses on Superior Street will not happen until March 8 at the earliest.

The owner of 42, 44, and 46 East Superior Street has agreed to an additional 90-day extension of a city-mandated demolition delay.

The three properties were originally placed on the city’s 90-day demolition delay hold list on September 12 after Heneghan Wrecking & Excavating filed an application to demolish the buildings.

That delay was triggered automatically because the properties have an “orange” rating on the City of Chicago’s official survey of historic architectural resources. Orange is the second-highest designation for properties under consideration for historic preservation. According to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, it means they “possess some architectural features or historical associations that makes them potentially significant in the context of the surrounding community.”

All three buildings were constructed as upscale residences in the 1870s and 1880s, in the wake of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. They are a remnant of what was once a thriving upscale residential neighborhood known as McCormickville, according to Ward Miller, executive director of Preservation Chicago, a local nonprofit dedicated to architectural preservation.

Cyrus McCormick Leander McCormick

Cyrus McCormick (far left) and Leander McCormick founded McCormick Harvesting Machine Company after moving to Chicago in 1847. The company is now part of International Harvester.

The 12 remaining buildings of McCormickville, says Miller, “are a reminder of a lost era of Chicago history.”

Preservation Chicago has been working on a proposal to protect the remaining 19th century buildings in the area by having the neighborhood designated a Chicago Landmark District. About 5,000 people signed a petition in support of protecting the row houses from demolition.

 Previous story: 19th century Superior Street row houses threatened with demolition

By Peter von Buol | Loop North News |

Published 15-Dec-18 3:27 AM

Loop North News


What’s news in the Loop and Near North neighborhoods of downtown Chicago.

Signup for our weekly email. No ads and no charge. Just enter your email address here...

Number of subscribers:
See this week’s update

More stories

Opening reception for Spirit of the Waves by Nelly Agassi. Through a body of work that includes a large-scale textile installation, intricate embroideries, works on paper, sculptures, and a performance, Agassi conjures historical and imagined narratives from the architectural details of Madlener House. Built in 190102 for Albert and Elsa Madlener, the house was renovated in the 1960s and transformed into Graham Foundation’s headquarters. The culmination of Agassi’s Graham Foundation Fellowship, this exhibition (May 23-August 3) explores erasure, preservation, identity, and architecture’s capacity to change. 6:00-8:00 p.m., Graham Foundation, 4 West Burton Place. Please RSVP. Map. More info.

Opening reception for Somewhere Within, a joint sculpture exhibition by Blake Ward and his longtime partner Boky Hackel-Ward. Blake and Boky will be flying to Chicago from Monaco to attend. Although Blake’s name is well known throughout the art world, Boky Hackel was in the shadows as Blake’s partner in creation. After Blake’s publicist, backed by his representatives in Canada, discouraged him from telling anyone about his collaboration with Boky, he fired the publicist and gave Boky credit for her creative contributions. 5:30-8:00 p.m., Hilton Asmus Contemporary, 716 North Wells Street. Map. More info.
More events

Biggest Gainers & Losers

103.76 4.65

90.16 3.20

178.30 2.66

167.29 2.41

Downtown Chicago Stocks