Category: May, 2019

Thursday Doors: Uptown Broadway Building, Chicago

The lovely Norm from Norm 2.0 has a fun weekly feature called, “Thursday Doors”.  He invites fellow bloggers to share unique and interesting doors that we happen to find.

This fascinating door is located in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago at 4707 Broadway Avenue.  The building was designed by architect Walter W. Ahlschlager and opened in 1926.

Suffice it to say, there is A LOT going on in and around this door!  A writer for the paper, “Chicago Reader” referred to the exterior (including the door’s surroundings) as “a riotous, Spanish-baroque inspired hallucination.”

Although I wouldn’t put it quite that way, the terra-cotta facade does seem to incorporate a lot of ‘interesting’ designs.

From fruit to helmets, I daresay this door would make a fine ‘find the object’ puzzle!

A rather ‘iffy’ urban legend mentions that the infamous gangster Al Capone had a speakeasy located in the basement of this building.  Then again, this is Chicago.  Strangely, the bar he used to frequent (Green Mill) is literally down the street from the deliriously decorated door in my post.

See how many different objects you can find in this photo! I’d love to hear what you come up with! Perhaps Al Calpone’s likeness is in there somewhere!  After all, he continues to leave his mark (in some capacity) all over Chicago!

Now if only we could find that elusive Capone buried treasure………

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