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Text by Wayne Lorentz
This is our all-time favorite most unusual Chicago building. To the untrained eye, it looks like a dead-end alley. But in reality it's so much more. It is history. It is tragedy. And it is a great example of poor urban planning.
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This is actually not the oldest building in the Loop, it's actually the Page Brothers Building on State Street by the Lake Street "El". That building was built in the early 1880s. Although, this Stable has been interestingly known to be a "horse stable" that the Pickwicks' owned in the 1890s, so that the horses had somewhere to rest before transporting people from one place to another. Today, a lot of people think that this is just another downtown alley, but it's not. This is a piece of Chicago's early history.
Brent Kampert - Monday, October 5th, 2009 @ 2:11pm
When I first had this building brought to my attention, in the early '60s, it was being used as a restaurant. I was told by an acquaintance that it was "the oldest building in the Loop." I've kicked myself ever since for not visiting the restaurant while it was still there, but it had a clubby look that wasn't very inviting to me. A few years ago it underwent extensive rehabbing, seemingly to become some kind of business establishment. It's anachronistic to call it "a great example of poor urban planning"â€”it's an urban leftover, a real estate accident that happened at a time when urban planning didn't have the wide popular following that it does nowadays.
Richard Sessions - Friday, October 17th, 2008 @ 11:14am
The Pickwick Stable is one such building. Even though it survived the Chicago Fire, it has not received the celebrity status of other similar buildings. Sure, it doesn't have the spirit of Holy Name Cathedral or the flair of the Old Water Tower, but Pickwick deserves recognition for something else -- being an anachronism in the middle of a metropolis.
Adrian Neff - Monday, August 4th, 2008 @ 9:46am
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