|This means you! Myself, I trespass all the time...|
Howard is a "border" street, dividing Chicago from Evanston. Back in the 19th century, John Ure owned a dairy farm along the right-of-way, which he decided to name after his son. Howard Ure became one of the leading local businessmen, developing property and running banks. How can you say "no" to a guy with a major street named after him?
The underpass above doesn't have an obvious marker, but some further down the line are dated "1909", courtesy of the American Bridge Company of New York. Metra has been replacing many of the ones to the south, but this looks similar to the older ones still extant.
|Metra underpass at Madison in Evanston|
There aren't a lot of newer buildings down this way. The street is lined with various commercial buildings that represent most styles of the early 20th century. And then there's this oddball. I haven't been able to dig up any info about the architect or year it was built. It seems to be an unusual mid-century office building, perhaps once colored in turquoise.
|1029 Howard (Evanston side)|
|2319 W. Howard (Chicago side)|
For something a bit more cheery, there's a storefront with a neat 1960's tile front on Western, just south of Howard. Currently, it's an insurance agency. Right next door is the old streetcar turn-around that the CTA still uses for their buses.
|7535 N. Western, built in 1963|
|7500 block of north Maplewood, built in 1959|
These aren't your usual Chicago designs, and have much more style than the usual ranch house communities. Even the monolithic apartment building that seems to anchor this development has a touch more of "modern" than I usually see. Perhaps one day I'll run across an old article in Architectural Digest showcasing these designs...
|Maplewood & Jerome, built in 1957|