2282 First Avenue Fort Myers

     Recently, this three story building sold for 4.4 million dollars. It was built in 1911.  It was originally known as the Bank of Fort Myers.  A restaurant named as the French Connection occupied the first floor until 2016.  It is now occupied by Izzy and Oyster Restaurant.

     The second and third floors are currently occupied by Great Jones, a property management firm.  Sony Yoga is on the first floor.      The building is 20,733 square feet.

Izzy ‘s Restaurant

Izzy’s Fish and Oyster

Uptown Theater Project delayed

    In June, 2018,the city of Chicago announced a 75 million project to renovate and restore the aging Uptown Theater in Chicago.  This elaborate movie palace has sat empty for years.    It has been vandalized and has suffered extensive water damage.

     As of November, 2019 no restorative work has been done on the building.  What is the delay?.  Apparently there has been a delay in obtaining $26 million dollars in financing.  Developers hope to obtain the money soon so that the project may start in spring of 2020.d

Uptown Theater, Chicago


Samuel Insull

Currently, there is a movie being shown in theaters entitled Current War. This tells the story of debate to determine the dominant mode of electricity generation in the United States. Thomas Edison supported the use of direct current. Nicola Tesla was an advocate of alternating current. . One of the lesser characters in this movie was Thomas Edison’s secretary. His name was Samuel Insull. This individual played a major role in the generation and the expansion of the use of electricity in the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s.

Sam Insull was born in London, England on November 11, 1859. In his early teens, he worked as an apprentice clerk for many local businesses. Later he worked as a stenographer for Vanity Fair Magazine. At the age of 19, he was a book keeper and secretary for the London Representative of the Edison telephone company.It

Insull emigrated to the United States to assume the role of Thomas Edison personal secretary. Over the years, he assumed increasing responsibilities in this role. In 1889, he participated in the founding of Edison General Electric. In 1892,:he was offered the role of second vice president at General Electric. He moved to Chicago to assume the role of head of Chicago Edison Company.

In 1897, he incorporated another electric utility Chicago Commonwealth Electric Light and Power Company. In 1907, he formed Commonwealth Edison. Insull electric company grew. By 1920, it used 2 million tons of coal annually to generate electricity. It had 6,000 employees and 500,000 customers. It had two generating plants one on Fisk Street and one on Crawford Street.

His Chicago holdings grew and included Federal Signal Corporation, Commonwealth Edison, People Gas and Northern Indiana Public Service Corporation.

He owned significant portions of many railroads mainly interurban electric lines. They included Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee, Chicago Rapid Transit, Chicago Aurora and Elgin, Gary Railroad, and Chicago South Shore and South Bend