2015 was a year of major preservation wins and losses as traditional sides lined up to fight the year's biggest battles. In the preservationist's column, this year saw a slew of major success stories including the opening of the gloriously refurbished Chicago Athletic Association building, the restored Chicago Motor Club (also a hotel), and the old Stony Island Trust & Savings bank building, as well as the sale of Highland Park's George Madison Millard House, the restoration of the 3 Arts Club downtown, and Pullman received new recognition as a National Monument.
On the other hand, demolition claimed a slew of minor landmarks across the city from houses to commercial structures large and small while the battle rages on for others. In a sign of the times, the William Walker Mural "All of Mankind" was whitewashed from the front of Northside Stranger's Home Missionary Baptist Church, part of the continued process of change in the Cabrini-Green neighborhood that developers attempted to rebadge as "NoCA." Today, we take a look back at some of the top preservation battles of 2015.
— Andrew Schneider
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