Bulldozers roll on Ronald Reagan's boyhood home in Hyde Park
The university--which purchased the building in 2004 and has eyed it for demolition since at least 2011--applied for a permit in late December to raze the building. But because the structure is among a class of buildings with "potentially significant architectural or historical features," as listed in the city's Historic Resources Survey, the application set off an automatic maximum 90-day review by landmark officials.
Landmarks officials, who previously turned down a previous request to designate the building, did not stop the demolition permit from being issued.Reagan, the nation's 40th president, lived in one of the building's apartments--no one knows which one--for 10 months between 1914 and 1915 when he was about four years old. Late in his presidency, Reagan wrote about living in the apartment, describing seeing horses pulling fire wagons and getting lost on the nearby Midway Plaisance.