South Side funeral home goes to its final reward

August 23, 2010


(photo by Lee Bey)

I drove past 67th and Dorchester recently when I spotted this old building getting knocked down.

In recent years, the structure was used as a church, but it was originally a funeral home (Oak Woods Cemetery is about a block west). And after a century of sending people to their final reward--or encouraging those to live right until that day comes--the brick Mission building is now itself headed for the Big Brick Pile in the Sky.


(photo by Lee Bey) 

On the day I took these photos, the demolition crew had wrecked the rear of the building, leaving a pile of debris behind a set of‚  sidewalk barricades. The front of the building was still in tact for a moment, showing what was once a sober but handsome building. The circular window atop the corner tower--and the detailing around it--in the above photo is pretty cool, even if did make a good target for sharp shooting rock throwers.


(photo by Lee Bey)


(photo by Lee Bey)

I do wonder what will get built‚ on this spot, if anything.