Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A slap to history's face...

You all might remember these posts from a few months ago, about a Chicago-style bungalow being basically destroyed, for lack of a better term, and my struggles witnessing this every single day since it's on my way to work (and there's no way around it, really).

Well, work had ground to a halt for a while with the crappy early spring weather, but they had taken off the top (scalped the thing) and gutted out all the walls and floors and everything. They also tore out the back of the entire house.

Then, nicer weather arrived. To my horror, I watched (well, saw the results on my back and forth commutes) as they removed all the stained glass windows and completely removed the entire front porch, framing and walling it off. They then made the dining room windows the new entrance and began building a giant addition on top. All that was left of the original bungalow, for a short while, were the three brick walls. I thought, well, this should be interesting (in a bad way), as they build a second story and put a roof on, obviously all frame construction. I thought, boy, whatever they do up there isn't going to match the yellow face brick on the first floor.

Well, silly f-in' me. Just this week, the bricklayers appeared and began cover the entire face of the now 2-flat with the same boring-ass b.s. brownish-red face brick that every damned townhome and condo building up this way is built with. So, the yellow face brick will be behind this crappy brick.

I said it before, and I'll say it again: I don't know WHY this bothers me so much, but it just pisses me off to no end, and saddens me a bit as well, as to how this type of thing happens, especially in a city with a "bungalow initiative" like Chicago. Now, I know that not every bungalow is salvageable or worth saving, but this one, at least on the outside, was a great example to me of a Chicago-style bungalow, and with developers thinking this way, someday, they might not be any left. Furthermore, if I'm the neighbors, how do I not fight the fact that parking over there's probably already a pain, and now they're going to add more people by upgrading that building?

It's just ridiculous, and I wish there was something someone could have done. Unfortunately, too, this is Chicago, and unless you know somebody that knows somebody that knows somebody, forget it. That's probably why this happened -- it was just an election year. Somebody filled somebody's campaign coffers.

Anyway, the before pic is up above...when they finish, I'll try to find the time to snap an after, so you can all share in my disgust.

8 comments:

Jennifer said...

Sigh... some people have no respect.

Sandy said...

I agree with Jennifer.

Why S? said...

another sad example of more money than taste.

Tiny Oak Park Bungalow said...

It never ceases to amaze me how Chicago seems to insist on looking like Boston or NY by building new buildings (and covering old ones)in reds and browns when many of its streets glow with yellow brick. I am always captivated by how the yellows brighten the city up in the dark of winter.

fred@opc said...

:-(

that about sums it up.

Green Fairy said...

Seriously. WTF?

C&C said...

I feel your pain, it just makes me sick. This is going on in our neighborhood too, but with red-stained cedar shake shingles being installed on Victorian houses.

Christopher Busta-Peck said...

Argh. I feel the same way, especially about the Ugliest Replacement Windows Ever, which conveniently were installed on the house of my dreams (offer for it to be made in a week!).