Sunday, September 28, 2008

Third time's a mystery

It's already been explained to me that the gleaming while terra cotta buildings are former Jewel Grocers from the 1930s.

Devon Avenue - Kamdar Plaza groceries


But what could these have been?
3rd cousin
W. Belmont Avenue

Bryn Mawr
W. Bryn Mawr Avenue

Devon Avenue
Devon Avenue

They're all variations on the same theme. A chain? An architect recycling a good idea? Or something else?

6 comments:

BWChicago said...

Doesn't appear to have been a chain; all look to be rental storefronts.

Jacob said...

I've wondered many times what those were; there is even another one further west on Devon in Park Ridge.

BWChicago said...

http://www.parkridge.info/images/communityimages/raffiagifts.jpg

That one? That's on prospect.

Jacob said...

I guess you're right. I knew it was somewhere in Park Ridge; I must have be thinking of something else that was on Devon.

Didi said...

I love that one on Bryn Mawr, I work just a few blocks from there. Great pictures!

David said...

I'm guessing that it was just a developer who built the same thing over and over, much like today. Or someone copied something that they liked and was successful....