5400 N. Clark Hamburger Mary’s

Hamburger Mary’s

Hamburger Mary ‘s

Same as above

Located at 5400 N. Clark in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago is the restaurant Hamburger Mary’s. This is a chain with multiple locations in the U.S.

Few are aware that this was originally the site of the Swedish American State Bank. It was built in 1913. The architects were Ottenheimer, Stern, and Reichert.

The style was beaux arts. The facade is white glazed terra cotta.

There have been extensive renovations since 1913. Before 1940, it was split into 3 stores. Additional doors, windows and awnings were added

The second floor (the attic) was originally a mezzanine. It was converted to a complete room. Skylights were tarred over.

Re-watering Project 9/17/2018

Re-watering Project Ottawa

Same as above   Columbus Street Bridge

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Same as above  LaSalle Street Bridge

Same as above. LaSalle Street Bridge

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Same as above. LaSalle Street Bridge

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     I visited the Ottawa area last week September 17-18, 2018 to view the status of the I and M Canal rewatering project.   This has been a proposal in work for years.  Actual work began summer of 2018.    The total length of the project is .6 miles.  It extends from Guion Street to the Illinos Railway one block West of Canal Street.  The pictures above are of the work site.

     Thanks to Arnie Bandstra from the Ottawa Canal Association.

Lehigh Portland Cement Oglesby, Illinois

Lehigh Portland Cement

Lehigh Portland Cement

Lehigh Portland Cement

Lehigh Portland Cement

    Chicago Cement Company was one of two cement companies in Oglesby, Illinois.   It was founded in 1898. The operation was purchased by Lehigh Portland Cement in 1916.  It was managed under this operation until 1963.  The plant was closed in 1963 because of the unwillingness of Lehigh to spend the money to refurbish the operation.  Their quarry was sold to Marquette Cement  (this is still operating as Lonestar)