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Monday, July 21, 2008

Discuss.

In this month's Urbanite, there's an article about landmarking, and one of the buildings the piece mentions that should be landmarked, but isn't, is the (soon-to-be-former) Atomic Books space on The Avenue.

"Atomic Books (1100 W. 36th St.) is a rare bit of high-style Georgian Revival in the middle of Hampden. Built in the early 1900s as a bank, its multi-paned windows, cupola, and thick brick walls contrast with its diminutive size. Zoning allows additional stories to be built on top of it as-of-right, with no public input. Landmark status would most likely prevent this."

After this post which included a link to some stunning photos of the St. Mary's cemetery on Roland, it got Hawker to thinking about what other architecturally valuable spaces/buildings there are in Hampden. There's the old police station, of course, but what are some other neighborhood gems?

7 Comments:

At 8:38 PM, Anonymous hampden hollerer said...

My grandfather actually worked in the Atomic Books building in the 40's when it was Provident Bank...he worked the "Christmas" window (where he would help people with the savings acct's they opened for Christmas presents). He would take the trolley up Falls Road in those days, transferring from another trolley (Lombard maybe?) that brought him from his home on Catherine Street.

 
At 9:29 PM, Blogger Miss Ruby Ruin said...

What I wouldn't give for that trolley today!

 
At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard the reason Atomic Books is moving out of that building is because of the Urbanite article. In order to get historic designation, certain changes need to be made to the building as is, and it would make it too expensive. And since The Urbanite is pushing this, Atomic Books thought it smarter to move.

 
At 9:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a fan of Atomic Books & Pop, but did they really need two such similar shops within a block of each other anyway? Seems like a waste of rent money to me...

 
At 5:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard the reason Atomic Books is moving out of that building is because of the Urbanite article. In order to get historic designation, certain changes need to be made to the building as is, and it would make it too expensive. And since The Urbanite is pushing this, Atomic Books thought it smarter to move.

This makes no sense at all.

 
At 8:17 AM, Blogger Miss Ruby Ruin said...

I heard the reason Atomic Books is moving out of that building is because of the Urbanite article. In order to get historic designation, certain changes need to be made to the building as is, and it would make it too expensive. And since The Urbanite is pushing this, Atomic Books thought it smarter to move.

This isn't true seeing as that building has a new tenant. Go here for deets.

 
At 8:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yay, squidfire! That ROCKS!

 

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