Standard Bank (photo by Lee Bey)
The Standard Bank building was a minor icon on the Southwest Side: a sober and symmetrical five-story concrete office‚ block that hit the ground with panache--in the form of‚ a spherical, glassy Space Age Modern banking lobby.
The building has held the northwest corner of 95th and Western in Evergreen Park since the 1960s.‚ Its grip slips daily now, however. A demolition crew is at work, clearing the spot for a new Standard Bank building. In this economy it's good to know that it's only the building that's being lost and not an entire bank.
But the building's demolition is worth noting if only because it's another reminder that Postwar/MidCen buildings are among the most endangered ranks of architecture in and around Chicago. Very few are given protected landmark status, even as they reach their golden years. In postwar suburbia, where these buildings could be a celebrated part of a town's heritage, there is often no binding landmark ordinances to protect them at all.