The streamlined former Allstate Insurance building, the Julia C. Lathrop public housing development and a pair of vacant downtown skyscrapers are among the city's seven most-endangered structures, a preservation group announced Tuesday.
"The purpose of this is to raise awareness of buildings that otherwise would not be known by the general public," said Jonathan Fine, executive director of Preservation Chicago.
The group named the buildings to its yearly "Chicago 7" list of endangered structures.
"The irony is [many of] these buildings are in neighborhoods that have the greatest need for these building to be rehabilitated, yet are last on the list of neighborhoods where buildings get rehabilitated," he said.
Fine's description is particularly apt in the case of the Allstate Building, 3245 W. Arthington Street in the North Lawndale community, seen in the photo above.