The former Talman Federal Savings building, a Southwest Side midcentury modernist structure designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, has been demolished.
Its expected replacement? An LA Fitness health club.
It's a sad end to a neighborhood building that not only stood on the corner of 55th and Kedzie, but also occupied the intersection of Chicago architecture and history.
Talman Federal began in 1922 at the kitchen table of 29-year-old Ben Bohac, living at 51st and Talman. By 1955, Bohac's enterprise was one of the state's most successful savings and loan associations, with enough money and clout to hire a blue-chip architecture firm like Skidmore Owings & Merrill to design the new building. The design won a certificate of merit award from the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1957.
The building is gone now, along with an addition and parking and banking annex across Kedzie. Photographer Martin Gonzalez documented Talman's demise last month. His photo above looks northwest, across the ruins to the former entry lobby in the background.