Whenever possible, older buildings that showcase Chicago’s architectural legacy should be spared from the wrecking ball.
Every Prairie Style home and post-modern office building, every brick bungalow and greystone two-flat has value as part of the visual past and present of Chicago.
Though preserving a building that has seen better days can cost millions, it’s often worth it. Also being preserved is our city’s history.
In the case of the former Washington Park National Bank in Woodlawn on the South Side, however, the millions needed to save the building just aren’t there — and have not been for at least a quarter century.
That might explain why a maturing tree is growing out of the roof.
We think it’s time to allow a local developer, DL3 Realty, to put up something new. DL3 wants to raze the crumbling property, now vacant for 25 years, and put up a brand-new building that will include retail and office space, perhaps even another bank.
We say go for it.