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Attempts To Keep 6345 Broadway Building’s Facade Unsuccessful

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Updated building facade courtesy Ted Embach

A former storage and moving company that then became the site of Allied Van Co. in March 1959 is being converted to office space on Broadway Avenue.

Glencoe, Ill., resident Irving Dainas, proprietor of Town House Interiors, owns the structure at 6345-47 N. Broadway, which has undergone substantial renovations, according to Dan Luna, Ald. Harry Osterman’s chief of staff.

“They’ve been working like gangbusters over there,” Luna said. “It’s been vacant for a long time. He’s not seeking any zoning relief.”

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Facade before renovations

The renovations included the removal of the building’s terra cotta trim. LeRoy Blommaert of the Edgewater Historical Society said he and a staff member from the Chicago Landmarks Commission met with the owner in the alderman’s office last year and tried to persuade him to keep the trim. “The effort was obviously not successful,” Blommaert said.

He added that construction of buildings for storage was not uncommon in the late teens and early 1920s along commercial streets. The buildings were intended for persons living in the small apartments to the east, where storage space was lacking.

“They were extremely well built of reinforced concrete,” Blommaert said. “They had to be to carry the weight of furniture and other objects.”

The Cook County Assessor’s website said the land square footage is 7,500 feet and that the building itself is 97 years old.

Luna said the office spaces are scheduled to be completed sometime this season.

Dainas did not return a call for comment.


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