WBEZ | Crane and Moreland building http://www.wbez.org/tags/crane-and-moreland-building Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Will Midway Airport project bring down an historic 1920s Clearing neighborhood building? http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2012-02-12/will-midway-airport-project-bring-down-historic-1920s-clearing-neighborhood- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-13/McClellan builgind_Lee Bey.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-12/untitled shoot-009.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 299px;" title=""></p><p>These are rough times, as of late, for buildings designed by architect Edward G. McClellan.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2012-02-02/79th-street-architecture-lost-when-walls-came-tumbling-down-96041">This month, the city demolished</a> a beautiful but vacant three-story corner building designed by McClellan at 79th and Halsted after a portion of the structure collapsed and injured four passersby. And now, an occupied corner commercial building--designed by the same architect--in the Southwest Side neighborhood of Clearing would be razed under a plan to create a safety buffer around Midway Airport.</p><p class="NormalParagraphStyle">The 84-year-old Crane and Moreland building, 63rd and Central, sits across from the western edge of the airport. City officials fear that proximity places the building--and four properties surrounding the airport--in danger of being hit by planes landing or taking off. Six years ago, a plane at Midway overshot a runway and struck a car killing a six-year-old boy.</p><p class="NormalParagraphStyle">In a Chicago <em>Sun-Times</em> report last November, a city aviation official said acquiring the building "is quite critical — not only for runway protection zones, but also to improve the navigation approach path for aircraft to that runway." The building was completed the same year Midway opened.&nbsp;</p><p class="NormalParagraphStyle">Clearing neighborhood residents are protesting the planned demolition and it's easy to see why. The three-store Baroque Revival building is rich in architectural details. much like McClellan's now-gone 79th and Halsted building. A drugstore anchors the building's corner and there are a variety of other small businesses there. And look at this entrance to the apartments above:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-12/untitled shoot-024.jpg" style="width: 560px; height: 640px;" title=""></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-12/untitled shoot-029.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 611px;" title=""></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-12/untitled shoot-015.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 328px;" title=""></p><p>The building is rated "orange" in the city's <a href="http://webapps.cityofchicago.org/landmarksearchWeb/">Chicago Historic Resources survey</a>, which is good news for preservationists. The rating means the building has "potentially significant architectural or historical features" and if a demolition permit is pulled, the application is subject to a 90-day review in which the city's Housing and Economic Development department can--if it chooses--seek away to preserve the structure, including landmarking.</p></p> Sun, 12 Feb 2012 16:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2012-02-12/will-midway-airport-project-bring-down-historic-1920s-clearing-neighborhood-