Then and Now, Fullerton-Sheffield

1967--Fullerton Avenue @ Sheffield, view west

1967–Fullerton Avenue @ Sheffield Avenue, view west

2016--the same location

2016–the same location

In 1967 trolley buses were running on Fullerton Avenue, and both ACF-Brill and Marmon-Herrington models are visible in the older photo.  The neighborhood still featured many factories and warehouses, since DePaul University was just starting to expand.

Today the trolley buses are gone.  The DePaul area has become a textbook model of urban gentrification, both pros and cons.  And while the trees are a welcome addition to Fullerton, it does make photography a bit more problematical.

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2 Responses to “Then and Now, Fullerton-Sheffield”


  1. 1 Garry March 1, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    The two buildings on the right, the one that still survives & the other on the NW corner were Eugene Dietzgen & Co, which made much of the drafting equipment in this country. Put out of business by computers. I still have some of their products from HS & even a couple of wood triangular scale rulers from the 1930s, from my grandparents.
    Its competitor, Frederick Post, on Winona, east of Ravenswood went out of business for the same reason, but that building is now condos.

  2. 2 Garry March 1, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    I forgot, the public library is also gone, as the city sold the place to DePaul & moved it west a quarter-mile into an old factory.
    The building that replaced the Dietzgen factory was originally an A&P.
    Also gone are DePaul’s tennis courts [not seen in the photo], which were just south of the library.


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