Uptown Broadway Building

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Uptown Broadway Building
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Uptown Broadway Building is located in Illinois
Uptown Broadway Building
Location 4703--4715 N. Broadway, Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates 41°58′5″N 87°39′31″W / 41.96806°N 87.65861°W / 41.96806; -87.65861Coordinates: 41°58′5″N 87°39′31″W / 41.96806°N 87.65861°W / 41.96806; -87.65861
Area less than one acre
Built 1926
Architect Ahlschlager,W.W.
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 86003143[1]
Added to NRHP November 06, 1986

The Uptown Broadway Building is a historic three-story building at 4703–4715 North Broadway Street in Uptown, Chicago.[2] Built in 1926, it was designed by Walter W. Ahlschlager and is known for its ornate terra-cotta facade, depicting ancient gods, rams' heads, shields, helmets, birds, fruits, and trophies.[3] Lynn Becker of the Chicago Reader has called the exterior "a riotous, Spanish-baroque-inspired hallucination".[4] According to unconfirmed local legends, Al Capone operated a speakeasy in the building's basement.[3]

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[2] It is also listed as part of the Uptown Square Historic District.[3]

On December 31, 2013, the Kiss Kiss Cabaret announced they have chosen it for their new location.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b Illinois: Cook County. National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved on February 15, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Eve M. Kahn. "Legend of the North Side". Traditional Building. August 2009. Retrieved on February 15, 2010.
  4. ^ Lynn Becker. "An architectural history of Uptown". Chicago Reader. March 30, 2007. Retrieved on February 15, 2010.