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Oak Park Illinois - Former Packard Dealership OK'd for Demolition


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On 11/28/2020 at 10:16 AM, SC38DLS said:

There is a reason Illinois is so broke. It’s called over crowded prisons. They keep throwing governors in prison and there is no room for the rest of the politicians that should be there too!  

 

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On 11/25/2020 at 7:10 PM, Jim Skelly said:

This mid-1960s church was quietly razed this summer.  I notified the local newspaper when a buddy of mine drove by to take pictures and found it was already in the process of being demolished!  Neither of us had known it was sold, much less condemned.  I inspected the cedar timbers where they went into the footings and realized it was all rotted.   The new property owner wanted to build a car wash there, but the city recently rejected his plan for that.  I thought that church would still be there when I died.

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Your Church would have fit this neighborhood.

This house below was a Lloyd Wright house. For over 50 years it was a landmark for those to see. My Dad and I and later just myself used to park in front of it to go surfing. The house was located in Palos Verdes Estates on the P.V. peninsula L.A. county. The Los Angeles Conservancy tried to save the house but the new homeowner wanted a Mediterranean villa instead.

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On 12/1/2020 at 4:58 PM, Pfeil said:

 

This house below was a Lloyd Wright house. For over 50 years it was a landmark for those to see. My Dad and I and later just myself used to park in front of it to go surfing. The house was located in Palos Verdes Estates on the P.V. peninsula L.A. county. The Los Angeles Conservancy tried to save the house but the new homeowner wanted a Mediterranean villa instead.

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California saves NOTHING. 

This Lloyd Wright house was magnificent!  Tearing it down  was reprehensible.  Not unlike the talent-less Pia Zadora and her middle eastern husband tearing down Pickfair.

I don't mean to sound isolationist but a very high percent of the Beverly Hills population is now Iranian and our history is not their history so many of these landmark properties and famous mansions of Hollywood's Golden Era are falling under the wrecking ball to make way for a neighborhood of new Persian palaces as they are called locally.  Or in the case of Palos Verdes,  Mediterranean villas.

A real shame.

 

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I live a couple of miles from Ford World Headquarters and the same thing is happening here.  A lot of custom-built ranch homes from the 1950s are being torn down or "modernized".  Some of the new houses look like mini palaces.  It's good for the tax base, but terrible for the neighborhood aesthetics.  

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On 12/1/2020 at 6:58 PM, Pfeil said:

This house below was a Lloyd Wright house. For over 50 years it was a landmark for those to see.

It's nice that there are photos to record it's presence in our history. 

 

 

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On 12/1/2020 at 4:53 PM, CHuDWah said:

 

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Due to the fact that Illinois Attorney Generals refuse to get involved in corruption investigations(Hell, the Attorney General before this guy we have now was the daughter of the guy who has run the state into the ground for 40 years) most of our crooked Pols have been sent to Federal jails. So there is a small cost saving there.

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13 hours ago, plymouthcranbrook said:

Due to the fact that Illinois Attorney Generals refuse to get involved in corruption investigations(Hell, the Attorney General before this guy we have now was the daughter of the guy who has run the state into the ground for 40 years) most of our crooked Pols have been sent to Federal jails. So there is a small cost saving there.

 

Yup, Kerner, Walker, Ryan, Blagojevich, various state, local and Federal officials, the Daley machine, the Madigan machine - Illinois corruption has been rife since before statehood.

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My Dad moved our family to Oak Park, Illionois when I was 11 years old. Each September, I would ride my bike to Foley Cadillac, which was the former Packard dealership on Madison Avenue in Oak Park, just to look at the new cars in the showroom. If you were lucky to catch the delivery of the new cars it was added pleasure.

 

Years later when I was looking to buy my first Packard, I came across a Packard that had been sold at this Packard dealer in Oak Park, as it had its original data tag on the firewall. Atb that time I researched the dealership at that time through the Oak Park Historical Society and found a few photos of the dealership.

 

All good things do come to and end, unfortunately.

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