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Mapping the Biggest Chicago Preservation Battles of 2015

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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

·Year in Curbed 2015 [Curbed Chicago]

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1. Fulton Market District

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[Photo: City of Chicago]

2. Finkl Steel

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N Clybourn Ave & W Cortland St
Chicago, IL 60614
[Photo by Thomas Tomek]

3. Madison-Wabash L Station

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S Wabash Ave & E Madison St
Chicago, IL 60602
[Photo: Chicago-L.org]

4. Carl Street Studios/Burton Place

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159 W Burton Pl
Chicago, IL 60610
[Photo: Edgarmiller.org]

5. Uptown Square Landmark District

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4520 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
[Photo via the Curbed Chicago Flickr pool/Jonathan Hartsaw]

6. Pilgrim Baptist Church

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3300 S Indiana Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
[Photo: Wikimedia Commons]

7. Salerno Cookie Factory

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4500 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60651
[Photo: Ward Miller, Preservation Chicago]

8. Arnold-Crowe House

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3329 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60624
[Photo: John Morris/Chicago Patterns]

9. Lucas Museum

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1800 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60616
[Photo: Wikimedia Commons]

10. Julia C. Lathrop Homes

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N Clybourn Ave & W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60618
[Photo: City of Chicago]

11. Congress Theater

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2135 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 360-8162
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1. Fulton Market District

Chicago, IL 60607
[Photo: City of Chicago]

2. Finkl Steel

N Clybourn Ave & W Cortland St, Chicago, IL 60614
[Photo by Thomas Tomek]
N Clybourn Ave & W Cortland St
Chicago, IL 60614

3. Madison-Wabash L Station

S Wabash Ave & E Madison St, Chicago, IL 60602
[Photo: Chicago-L.org]
S Wabash Ave & E Madison St
Chicago, IL 60602

4. Carl Street Studios/Burton Place

159 W Burton Pl, Chicago, IL 60610
[Photo: Edgarmiller.org]
159 W Burton Pl
Chicago, IL 60610

5. Uptown Square Landmark District

4520 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640
[Photo via the Curbed Chicago Flickr pool/Jonathan Hartsaw]
4520 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640

6. Pilgrim Baptist Church

3300 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
[Photo: Wikimedia Commons]
3300 S Indiana Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

7. Salerno Cookie Factory

4500 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60651
[Photo: Ward Miller, Preservation Chicago]
4500 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60651

8. Arnold-Crowe House

3329 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60624
[Photo: John Morris/Chicago Patterns]
3329 W Washington Blvd
Chicago, IL 60624

9. Lucas Museum

1800 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60616
[Photo: Wikimedia Commons]
1800 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60616

10. Julia C. Lathrop Homes

N Clybourn Ave & W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60618
[Photo: City of Chicago]
N Clybourn Ave & W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60618

11. Congress Theater

2135 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
[Photo: Wikimedia Commons]
2135 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647