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Added May 20 2012

The building at 4400 N. Hermitage has a little Landmark Registry plaque on the front of it, but with no explanation as to why, or what is so special about that building. I've been hunting around online and haven't been able to find anything.
Anyone know? Anyone have ideas as to how I can find out?
Many thanks!!

  • Fausto CapsFan

    Google the Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development. Look for Landmarks Division on the web page. Somewhere within the Landmarks Division page is a search engine that allows you to enter an address. Some addresses have short notes on why it is a landmark.

  • Inactive user

    Yeah, that's the document I came across in my initial hunt and it's not listed! This is going to drive me nuts. I'll probably just make a few annoying phone calls tomorrow to satisfy my curiosity.

  • Andrea in Ravenswood trumpet player and dog walker

    Hi. Just a thought, but what about checking with the Chicago Historical Society? Good luck and please post if you find anything. I live west of there, but it still sounds interesting.

  • Maybe check with this group. If you find out, let us know.

  • Cynthia 15 year Lincoln Sqare 2-flat owner

    Title Carl Sandburg House: 4646 N. Hermitage Ave
    Authors Commission on Chicago Landmarks, Chicago (Ill.) Dept. of Planning and Development
    Publisher Commission on Chicago Landmarks, 200

  • F. R. Johnson recently transplanted to Portage Park

    Is that the same building? From 4400 to 4646 N. Hermitage?

  • Would Rather Be Renting Neighborhood Blogger

    I think it might be the Abbott House?

  • Inactive user

    Nah, if you look at the link I posted, it's just a corner building, condo upstairs and a dental practice on the 1st floor. Nothing very spectacular about the building.
    The Abbott house is I think, two blocks north and on the opposite side of the street. Regardless, I'll keep digging and let you guys know what I come across. :)

  • Inactive user

    I also just hunted down the address of 1744 W. Montrose (the address on the door of the dental practice in the pic) and STILL nothing comes up! Curiouser and curiouser!

  • Pete F. Lifelong Chicagoan, Proud Democrat

    The cynic in me wants to say it's a bogus plaque put up by a real estate agent to sell a condo, ha!

  • Freddy M. Uptown/Andersonville resident for most of my life

    I wonder if the alderman's office could shed some light or the chamber of commerce in the neighborhood. I'm not terribly familiar with the area, but if the neighborhood has its own historical society or museum, like Edgewater does, for example, they may have more info about historic buildings in the area. Good luck!

  • Keep looking. This is interesting!

  • Chicagoan Lake View Lifer

    If it's a city designated landmark, it would be on the city's website - These are buildings or districts typically protected by the city from alteration and demolition. It usually comes with a thorough review at the city landmarks department.

    It sounds like this property is listed on the National Register, which is easier to obtain and has provides less protection from alteration and demolition since it has no enforcement capabilities. I don't think all of their records are online yet.

  • Beth in Ravenswood Chicagoan since 2011

    Here's a research guide:
    Try the reference desk here, they might be able to point you in the right direction:
    A Newberry librarian might be helpful as well, they have a lot of information on Chicago history:

  • The National Register is much more important than Chicago landmarking. The reason it is easier to obtain is the corrupt relationship between real estate owners and developers and local politicians. You would be amazed by the buildings that do not have local landmark status. As usual, if not for the Feds corruption would rule.

  • When you find out, can you post here? I saw the same plaque when I was looking at the condo listed for sale there and also could find nothing.

  • Kev Citizen

    Could it be related to this? Or perhaps the plaque marks a boundary or something?

  • Inactive user

    Beth, thanks for that guide! It is perfect.
    I've been swamped all week but this is still on my to-do list.

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