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Added Feb 04 2013

I started working on a nomination suggestion for the Chicago Landmarks committee to make the Kirchbaum Building (Bruno's Lounge) at 6560 N. Sheridan Rd. a Chicago Landmark. The building is just too beautiful to be demolished by Loyola and it's the last original building on the block. The building is already listed on the Chicago Historic Resources Survey as architecturally important. Loosing the terra cotta mural at the top depicting Fort Dearborn and many other Chicago buildings would be a loss to Chicago history and the neighborhood. Does anyone think making this building a Chicago Landmark is possible and does anyone in the neighborhood even support it?

  • RP Advocate Servo solvo sermo.

    A resounding Yes. If the building can't be saved, the 1922 Northwestern Terra Cotta Company's mural, and perhaps some of the terra cotta facade, must be saved. Follow links at: http://www.rpwrhs.org/w/index.php?title=Sheridan_Road The Kirchbaum is of similar architectural vintage as The Mayne Stage (originally the Morse Theater then the Co-Ed Theater), The New 400 Theaters (originally The Regent), the Rogers Park Hotel and the Sheridan Beach Hotel (all still surviving). If you organize a volunteer strategy group please let us know. This sounds worthwhile.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    I had no idea that terra cotta mural was up there until someone wrote about it on EveryBlock a year or so ago. The next time I was down that way, I made a point of checking it out. I agree, it must be saved if it all possible.

  • RP Advocate Servo solvo sermo.

    Northwestern Terra Cotta, a Chicago operation, was hot. They did other important work for Louis Henry Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, the Civic Opera House, Wrigley Building, Chicago Theater and Randolph Tower (the former Steuben Club). In their heyday they had around 1,000 workers here. The mural and facade MUST be saved. I'm going to sharpen my pitchfork and soak my torch in oil.

  • Is Loyola currently plannning to tear it down?

  • RP Advocate Servo solvo sermo.

    Loyola hasn't been able to buy it although they have made a number of attempts. The owner is holding out and has been successful in doing so for a very long period of time. Loyola seems to have accepted that and apparently is planning construction around it. Even so, gaining protective status for the terracotta facade work and mural might be a good thing to do anyway.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Go Brono's! I need some older men to harass every once in a Blue Moon.

  • RP Advocate Servo solvo sermo.

    Check out the older men at Morningside Court, 1250 W. Morse bwahahaha. Fluency in Ukranian or Chechen is a plus.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    What? I can't show a little leg?

  • KandD Rogers Park native, third generation

    Please keep me in the loop on this -- I would be happy to help.

  • Zoë Bottger Energy Impact Illinois Field Organizer

    Actually they just bought it this winter. for 62 million dollars. Brunos is supposed to be closing at the end of the month. I am very saddened by this, and would love to help with any initiative to get it recognized as a national historic landmark.

    I am positive that there will be loads of community support to help save the building.

  • RP Advocate Servo solvo sermo.

    Ugh. The terracottas must be saved. ChrisB-RP are you taking the lead on this I hope? Back to sharpening up the pitchfork I guess.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    62 mil?

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    Yea it should be saved but Rogers Park needs a facelift and the more it's renovated the better. If we save every building we would never be able to move forward. Neighborhood evolve and change.

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    I remember watching a wttw historic Chicago show and this building was featured. I was shocked how close I lived to it. Supposed to the skyline from the 1920's Chicago. I vote to save and place it on a registry of sorts. It's beautiful.

    But if the Loyola mafia got a hold of it. Bu bye.

  • Zoë Bottger Energy Impact Illinois Field Organizer

    Hi everybody! the information I had about brunos turned out to be false. I had gotten my info from some of the regulars, and it turned out to be a tall tale/ bar gossip. My apologies for providing incorrect information. I would be quite happy to help with any process to get the building registered as a landmark, so if anyone has any information about that please let me know!

  • daveP been around awhile

    Tear it down. That block is going to look crappy with nice new buildings on both sides, and that dump in the middle.

    If you want to remember what it looks like, or the fine detail work along the top...take a picture. Take a few. They will last longer.

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Keep it.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    If he doesn't want to sell it fine, at least renovate the front so it can keep up with the new buildings.

  • I know the family and have always been told that Bruno will NEVER sell.

  • I'm so glad this is receiving so much positive response and support! To the person who said "tear it down and take a picture" taking a picture of a building doesn't make up for the loss of the physical, artistic, and historical presence of it. If it sticks out between the two newly planned buildings, then that is Loyola's fault for building bland boring buildings. They should put effort into matching the architecture and character of the neighborhood.

    I'm in the early stages of writing and researching for the "Suggestion For Chicago Landmark" form that will be sent to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. So far without much research, the building already meets 3 of the 7 of the city's criteria for being a landmark. It has a distinctive theme, unique and distinctive visual feature, and it has value as an example of city heritage. I haven't reached out to Bruno and his family yet, but plan to in the coming weeks. Does anyone know if they would support making their building a Chicago Landmark?

  • dj long time RP home owner

    Yeah, no way 62 mil. Tall tale indeed. That would be like all the TIF money and then some. It will be just like the building on Chestnut that wouldn't sell to LU. A 20 or so story building on one side and a 4 story on the other. And Bruno's inside is a dump.

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    DaveP must be referencing some of the beautiful architecture that Loyola built on Sheridan road, specifically the dorms.

  • dj long time RP home owner

    Can't say I appreciate Loyola's architectural style; they've decided to brand themselves a with consistent architectural style - bland, boring..But it has got to be better than Sheridan Florist, the auto mechanic, or the greasy spoons that used to be on that block. Never patronized them. Save the terra cotta, on that alone I agree..

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Zoë, thanks for letting us know that "sale" was a tall tale.

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    The buildings whether plain or not,will be new and give that area a refreshed look. They need to preserve it then by doing some touch ups and renovate the front at least,why as someone said they want their business to look like a dump is beyond me.

  • Helen, are you sure that you have seen the terra cotta on Bruno's? That place is located SOH...:-)

  • Emily Let there be peace

    Duck your heads NOH --- incoming snark attack. Red alert, red alert.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    C.K., I'm also privy by way of email to some of YOUR posts on that blog so I'd be careful if I were you.

  • Shelena Marie Beach goer

    Whoa! I think we found our stalker here. I can't believe you just posted this!

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    I can't believe you posted what you posted in that other blog either, RPong. I understand both of you came to your senses there. There, unlike here, I'm told one can remove their offensive posts. Thanks for doing that.

  • Shelena Marie Beach goer

    So you've just admitted you're the stalker! Wow. That's hilarious. Stalk away! Have fun. Would you like a link to my Facebook? Or my home address?

  • RP Advocate Servo solvo sermo.

    Let's stop name calling and making online accusations of stalking and other things. This is the second thread on which the poster recently has done that in violation of community guidelines. Please stay on topic, the Kirichbaum Building, or begin another thread for making online accusations. The terracottas, not accusations, need our attention on this thread.

  • Shelena Marie Beach goer

    Wait, do your different accounts (personalities) argue amongst themselves?

  • daveP been around awhile

    What other blog?

  • Shelena Marie Beach goer

    "Morse hell hole"

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Giggle. RPong. I'm technologically incompetent. Couldn't do that even if I wanted to. So let's stop with the cat fight, ok?

    Yes, Advocate, good point. Chris, how is your research going for the landmark suggestion?

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    Is there really some sort of NOH vs. SOH animosity. I better pick a side quick, don't want to be left on the fringe.

    Lets come together and save this god damn building.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    No, Mac, if you had read that other blog before certain items were deleted, you would understand. But you're right: let's keep our focus on the building and tilework.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Being on the fringe is sometimes underrated.

    I'm all in for saving dive watering holes, however, Bruno's (sorry for the prior misspell) seems to be standing tall. Landmark status is a double edged sword. IMO it should be up to the owners to seek such status.

  • The facade of the building can be renovated and incorporated into the design of whatever new building may go in its place. I've seen it done very successfully. Why is it that history and craftsmanship is sacrificed in the name of progress? With some imagination, and people with a shred of creativity, we can have both.

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    We should all meet there for a refreshing beverage, invite Donny as well. BTW I do like to fish.

  • Does the owner of the building want landmark status?

    Also, see the Whole Foods at Waveland and Halsted, for how nice terra cotta can be incorporated into a new building.

  • KandD Rogers Park native, third generation

    I grew up in and out of all the stores that used to be on that block. Papa Dees, Cindy Sue's, The Campus Room, Bruno's (as a teen ;) ), Round Records, Jim's Deli, The Army Navy Store, The original My II (Pie) Pizza. Everything does have to change and evolve. I really do hope there is something to do to save the façade. I just spoke to a nice person at the RSHS and he said not to quote him as his information is a couple of months old. As he understands it, the bldg. Bruno's is in is not going to be torn down. He took my info. and is going to put out feelers for more current information.

  • Count on me and my husband's signatures. We met there 14 years ago. Before that my Dad was a customer while at Stritch Medical. He and I would meet there for a drink when I was at Loyola and he was on his way home. Sometimes I would come in and find he had bought me a drink on his last visit. Bruno's is historic, the building is amazing.

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