WBEZ | Mecca Apartments http://www.wbez.org/tags/mecca-apartments Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Cool Building Wednesday: The Yale Apartments http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/cool-building-wednesday-yale-apartments <p><a rel="attachment wp-att-14564" href="/bey/2010/02/cool-building-wednesday-the-yale-apartments/14563 /p3222215-edit"><img class="size-full wp-image-14564" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//P3222215-Edit.jpg" alt="" width="501" height="471" /></a> <code> </code> The Yale Apartments at 6565 S. Yale is a gem of Chicago architecture--a very fine example of <a href="http://www.preservationdirectory.com/HistoricPhotoGallery/ArchitecturalStylesGalleryPhotos.aspx?catid=18" target="_blank">Richardsonian Romanesque</a> design tucked away on a side street in Englewood. Built in 1892, The Yale shows Englewood's‚  roots as a middle-class, gaslight era suburb.‚  At seven commanding stories, The Yale was taller than anything around it.‚  Apartments--ringing a light court and atrium--were accessible by an open cage elevator.‚  There were two other apartment buildings like it in city: the extant <a href="http://egov.cityofchicago.org/Landmarks/B/Brewster.html">Brewster Apartments</a> at 2800 N. Pine Grove, built in 1893, and the storied--<em>please </em>click on this link--<a href="http://www.life.com/image/50864111" target="_blank">Mecca Apartments</a> at 33rd and State which were demolished in the early 1950s to build IIT's Crown Hall.<!--break--> <a rel="attachment wp-att-14570" href="/bey/2010/02/cool-building-wednesday-the-yale-apartments/14563 /p3222222-edit"><img class="size-full wp-image-14570" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//P3222222-Edit.jpg" alt="" width="393" height="515" /></a> <a rel="attachment wp-att-14571" href="/bey/2010/02/cool-building-wednesday-the-yale-apartments/14563 /p3222230-edit-2"><img class="size-full wp-image-14571" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//P3222230-Edit1.jpg" alt="" width="393" height="507" /></a> <a rel="attachment wp-att-14572" href="/bey/2010/02/cool-building-wednesday-the-yale-apartments/14563 /p3222244"><img class="size-full wp-image-14572" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//P3222244.jpg" alt="" width="501" height="441" /></a> <code> </code> The Yale might have been lost, too, if it weren't for the city and developer John Luce stepping in to save the then-dilapidated structure.‚  By 2003, the building was rehabbed and converted to affordable housing for senior citizens. It was also designated a city landmark. And I didn't get a chance to peek in to see what the rehabbed interior court looks like, but Heidi Sperry from the city's Landmarks Division did. Check out <a href="http://egov.cityofchicago.org/Landmarks/Y/YaleApartments4.html">her photo of it here</a>. <em>Nice.</em> <strong>In other news:</strong> a trio of homes related to Chicago African American literary figures likely will be granted full landmark status by the Chicago City Council today. The former houses of <em>Black Boy</em> author Richard Wright (4831 S. Vincennes); <em>Raisin in the Sun</em> playwright Lorraine Hansberry (6140 S. Rhodes); and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, (7458 S. Evans) will be before council members. And thanks to architecture blogger/critic Lynn Becker <a href="http://arcchicago.blogspot.com/2010/02/lee-bey-has-new-blog-its-good-dammit.html">for the shout out </a>today. And dammit, his blog is good too.</p> Wed, 10 Feb 2010 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/cool-building-wednesday-yale-apartments