Then and Now, Berkeley-43rd

1909–Berkeley Avenue @ 43rd Street, view north

2019–the same location

In 1909 this area of East 43rd Street in the Oakland neighborhood was recognized as a desirable location.  The Illinois Central Railroad and the Kenwood Branch of the South Side ‘L’ had stations nearby.  A few blocks to the east, there were Burnham Park and Lake Michigan.  The housing stock was solid, substantial, and pricey.

Oakland went into decline during the second half of the 20th century.  Though commuter trains no longer stop at 43rd Street, and the Kenwood ‘L’ is long gone, today the neighborhood has been reborn.  All the buildings in the 1909 photo have been replaced by newer structures—including the townhouses a block north, which mimic the style of their predecessors.



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