Harold Washington Archives & Collections. Mayoral Records. Real Estate Review Committee Records

Dates 1979-1984 (bulk dates 1983-1984)
Size 6 linear feet in 12 boxes
Repository Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago IL 60605
Collection number h00165
Immediate source of acquisition The Chicago Public Library acquired the records after Harold Washington’s death.
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Language English
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Preferred citation When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Harold Washington Archives and Collections, Real Estate Review Committee Records, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library.
Finding aid author Originally processed by Special Collections staff in the early 1990s. Updated by Morag Walsh, 2021

Abstract

This Committee managed a wide range of city-owned properties. Documents include market value appraisals and reports, correspondence, site plans, leases and market data and from 1979-1984.

Biographical/Historical

In the early 1980s, the Real Estate Review Committee managed a wide range of city-owned properties. The Committee oversaw all aspects in this area, from acquisition to disposition. The Committee had two chairs during the years covered in this collection: Louise Q. Lawson and Dempsey J. Travis. Mr. Travis (1920-2009) was the president of Travis Realty Company and a well-known Chicago author.

Harold Washington was the first African American mayor of Chicago, elected in 1983.

Harold Washington was born on April 15, 1922, at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. His parents, Roy Lee and Bertha Jones Washington, divorced when he was young, and he lived with his father in Chicago and attended boarding school in Milwaukee. Washington entered Chicago’s DuSable High School in 1939, served in the Civilian Conservation Corps for six months, enlisted in the military from 1943 to 1946, and returned to DuSable High School to graduate in 1946. After earning a bachelor degree at Roosevelt University in Chicago and a law degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, Washington enjoyed a career as a practicing attorney before he turned to politics.

Washington’s political career encompassed roles at the municipal, state and national levels of government. He served as Illinois State Representative for the 26th District from 1965 to 1976. He then became Illinois State Senator for the 26th District from 1976 to 1980. Washington ran for mayor of Chicago in 1977, but lost. In 1980, he became a U.S. Congressman for the 1st District and served in that post until 1983. Washington again ran for mayor in 1983, winning the Democratic primary election in February of that year and the general election in April. He was inaugurated on April 29, 1983 and was re-elected in 1987. Harold Washington died at 1:36 PM on November 25, 1987 of a cardiac arrest, just a few months into his second term as mayor. He is buried in Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery.

Scope and Contents

Files in this collection are the working records of the Real Estate Review Committee. Types of documents include market appraisals and reports, correspondence, photographs of properties, site plans, vacation ordinances, recommended prices by the Committee, inspections, leases to city departments, devaluation reports, location maps, plats of survey, redevelopment plans, recommendations, market data, analysis of appraisal reports and acquisition parcel maps.

Arrangement

Original order was lost and the records are arranged into three series: Land Appraisals, 1979-1984; Disposition Parcels, 1981-1984; General Files, 1983-1984, undated. Files within each series are arranged alphabetically by street name or subject area.

Related Materials

Subject Headings

Washington, Harold, 1922-1987--Archives.
Washington, Harold, 1922-1987.

Collection Inventory

Series 1: Land Appraisals, 1979-1984

Scope and Contents

This series consists of market value appraisals and reports, correspondence, photographs of properties, site plans, vacation ordinances, recommended prices by the Real Estate Review Committee, inspections, leases to city departments, and acquisition parcel maps.

Arrangement

Records are arranged alphabetically by street name or subject area.

Box 1 Folder 1 3219 W. 5th Avenue, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 1 Folder 2 2833 W. 22nd Place, (General residence) 1984
Box 1 Folder 3 1003-1005 W. 31st Street, (vacation of land) 1984
Box 1 Folder 4 Alley bounded by W. 32nd Street, W. 32nd Place, S. Ashland Avenue, (vacation of S. Irons Street and S. Laflin Street) 1984
Box 1 Folder 5 432-438 E. 45th Street 1983
Box 1 Folder 6 342 W. 47th Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 1 Folder 7 1811 W. 63rd Street, Lease No. 12020, (Department of Police, Beat Representation Program) 1984
Box 1 Folder 8 833-839 E. 65th Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 1 Folder 9 930-942 E. 65th Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 1 Folder 10 601-603 E. 67th Street, (vacant) 1983-1984
Box 1 Folder 11 2341-2342 E. 71st Street, (Department of Police-Beat Representation Program) 1984
Box 1 Folder 12 1451 W. 73rd Place, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 1 Folder 13 1313-1315 W. 74th Street, (Department of Streets and Sanitation) 1984
Box 1 Folder 14 Southeast corner of W. 78th Street and Racine Avenue, Lease No. 10003, (Department of Health) 1980, 1984
Box 1 Folder 15 1455-1457 W. 79th Street, Lease No. 10017, (Department of Health) 1984
Box 1 Folder 16 1718 W. 95th Street, Lease No. 12009, (Department of Police, Beat Representation Program) 1984
Box 1 Folder 17 Alley bounded by W. 110th Place, S. Perry Street, West 111th Street, S. Wentworth Avenue, (Commercial vacant) 1984
Box 1 Folder 18 924 W. 119th Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 2 Folder 1 2604 W. Armitage Avenue, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 2 Folder 2 Alley bounded by W. Addison Street, W. Eddy Street, and N. Central Park Avenue, (vacant) 1984
Box 2 Folder 3 208-212 S. Bell Avenue, (General residence) 1984
Box 2 Folder 4 1221-1223 N. California Avenue, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 2 Folder 5 3151 S. Canal Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 2 Folder 6 1124 W. Chestnut Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 2 Folder 7 345 W. Chicago Avenue, Lease No. 11008, (Department of Human Services) 1984
Box 2 Folder 8 8801 S. Commercial Street, (Department of Police-Beat Representation Program) 1984
Box 2 Folder 9 9026-9028 S. Dobson Avenue, (vacant) 1983-1984
Box 2 Folder 10 4201-4243 S. Drexel Avenue, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 2 Folder 11 Edgebrook Clubhouse, (Department of Streets and Sanitation) 1984
Box 2 Folder 12 4818 N. Elston Avenue, (Department of Police-Beat Representation Program) 1984
Box 2 Folder 13 2640 W. Evergreen Avenue 1984
Box 2 Folder 14 2642 W. Evergreen Avenue 1984
Box 2 Folder 15 8538 S. Exchange Street 1984
Box 3 Folder 1 1455 N. Fairfield Avenue 1984
Box 3 Folder 2 Vacation of part of Flournoy Street, Part of alleys in area bounded by W. Flournoy Street, W. Polk Street, S. Paulina Street, and S. Ashland Avenue 1984
Box 3 Folder 3 2837 W. Flournoy Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 3 Folder 4 4500 S. Forrestville Avenue, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 3 Folder 5 West of S. Franklin Street, (vacant land-Department of Public Works) 1984
Box 3 Folder 6 Alley bounded by W. Fulton Market, W. Lake Street, N. Peoria Street, N. Green Avenue, (vacant) 1984
Box 3 Folder 7 3562-3564 S. Giles Avenue, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 3 Folder 8 Alley bounded by W. Gladys Avenue, W. Jackson Boulevard, S. Throop Street, S. Racine Avenue, (vacation of alley) 1984
Box 3 Folder 9 6851 S. Green Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 3 Folder 10 3663 W. Grenshaw Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 3 Folder 11 3705 W. Grenshaw Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 3 Folder 12 4223 W. Grenshaw Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 3 Folder 13 Vacation of air rights in area bounded by W. Grand Avenue, N. Franklin Street, W. Illinois Street, and N. Orleans Street 1984
Box 4 Folder 1 1800-1802 W. Haddon Avenue, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 4 Folder 2 2747 W. Haddon Avenue, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 4 Folder 3 5600 S. Halsted Street/807-811 W. 56th Street 1984
Box 4 Folder 4 11250 S. Halsted Street, Lease No. 10014, (Department of Health) 1984
Box 4 Folder 5 2851 W. Harrison Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 4 Folder 6 2547-2549 S. Hillock Street, (Manufacturing-vacant) 1984
Box 4 Folder 7 1639 N. Honore Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 4 Folder 8 1601-1611 W. Howard Street, Lease No. 10006, (Department of Health) 1982-1984
Box 4 Folder 9 1215 N. Hoyne Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 4 Folder 10 N. Huguelet Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 4 Folder 11 Vacation of N. Honore Street, part of N. Wolcott Avenue, W. Columbia Avenue, and alley in block bounded by W. Pratt Boulevard, W. Columbia Avenue, N. Wolcott Avenue, and N. Honore Street 1984
Box 4 Folder 12 3451 W. Jackson Street, (vacation of land) 1984
Box 5 Folder 1 10 S. Kedzie Street, Lease No. 20020, (Department of Children and Family Services) 1984
Box 5 Folder 2 4055-4059 N. Kenmore Avenue, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 5 Folder 3 N. Kingsbury Street, (vacation of land) 1983-1984
Box 5 Folder 4 1224-1236 W. Kinzie Street 1984
Box 5 Folder 5 Vacation of part of public alley in area bounded by W. Kinzie Street, W. Carroll Avenue 1983
Box 5 Folder 6 308-310 S. Kostner Avenue, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 5 Folder 7 4566 S. Lake Park Avenue, (vacant) 1984
Box 5 Folder 8 3227-3231 W. Lake Street, (vacation of land) 1983
Box 5 Folder 9 180 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 500, Lease No.14054, (Department of Law) 1984
Box 5 Folder 10 5740-5744 S. LaSalle Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 5 Folder 11 W. Locust Street, (vacation of land) 1984
Box 5 Folder 12 Alley of Locust Street bounded by W. Walton Street, N. LaSalle Drive, W. Chestnut Street, N. Wells Street, (vacation of land) 1984
Box 5 Folder 13 W. Locust Street and N.W. Water Street, (vacation of land) 1984
Box 6 Folder 1 7032-7034 S. Merrill Avenue, (General residence) 1984
Box 6 Folder 2 4418 S. Michigan Avenue, (General residence) 1984
Box 6 Folder 3 4505-4511 S. Michigan Avenue, (Department of Urban Renewal) 1984
Box 6 Folder 4 3455-3461 W. Monroe Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 6 Folder 5 Alley bounded by W. Monroe Street, W. Adams Street, S. Franklin Street, S. Wells Street, (vacant) 1983-1984
Box 6 Folder 6 N. Newark Avenue, bounded by N. Nettleton Avenue, Northwest Highway, N. Avondale, (vacation of property) 1984
Box 6 Folder 7 611 N. Noble Street, (General residence) 1979-1984
Box 6 Folder 8 5724 W. North Avenue, Chicago Public Library, North Austin Branch Library 1982-1984
Box 6 Folder 9 200-316 W. Oak Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 6 Folder 10 627-631 E. Oakwood Boulevard, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 6 Folder 11 1700 N. Orchard Avenue 1983
Box 7 Folder 1 1446 N. Park Avenue, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 7 Folder 2 811 N. Parkside Avenue, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 7 Folder 3 2944 W. Polk Street, Lease No. 10007, (Department of Health) 1980, 1984
Box 7 Folder 4 2710 W. Potomac Avenue, (vacant) 1984
Box 7 Folder 5 4601-4607 S. Prairie Avenue, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 7 Folder 6 6106 S. Princeton Avenue, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 7 Folder 7 1524 S. Pulaski Road, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 7 Folder 8 1501-1503 N. Rockwell Street 1984
Box 7 Folder 9 1522 N. Rockwell Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 7 Folder 10 W. Roosevelt Road and S. Kostner Avenue, (Industrial 5-8) 1983-1984
Box 7 Folder 11 Alley bounded by N. Ridgeway Avenue, N. Milwaukee Avenue, W. Oakdale Avenue, and N. Central Park Avenue, (vacation of part of alley) 1984
Box 7 Folder 12 5531 S. Sangamon Street, (General residence) 1984
Box 7 Folder 13 2126 W. Schiller Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 7 Folder 14 2129 W. Schiller Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 7 Folder 15 2132-2136 W. Schiller Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 7 Folder 16 N. Seminary Street bounded by N. Clark Street and W. Addison Street, (Department of Law) 1984
Box 7 Folder 17 350 S. State Street, (City-owned property) 1983
Box 8 Folder 1 1502-1506 N. Talman Avenue 1984
Box 8 Folder 2 2620 W. Thomas Street 1984
Box 8 Folder 3 2624-2626 W. Thomas Street 1984
Box 8 Folder 4 1520 N. Throop Street, (vacant) 1984
Box 8 Folder 5 2002 N. Throop Street, (vacant) 1984
Box 8 Folder 6 2400-2406 N. Trumbull Street, (General residence) 1984
Box 8 Folder 7 6014-6016 S. Union Avenue, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 8 Folder 8 135 W. Van Buren Street/233 S. State Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 8 Folder 9 4601 S. Vincennes Avenue, (vacant) 1983-1984
Box 8 Folder 10 4504-4509 S. Wabash Street, (General residence) 1983
Box 8 Folder 11 1543 W. Walton Street, (vacant) 1984
Box 8 Folder 12 3311-3325 W. Washington Street, (vacant) 1984
Box 8 Folder 13 1501 N. Washtenaw Avenue/2648 W. Lemoyne Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 8 Folder 14 1503 N. Washtenaw Avenue, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 8 Folder 15 1507 N. Washtenaw Avenue, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 8 Folder 16 1511 N. Washtenaw Avenue, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 9 Folder 1 N. W. Water Street, (vacation of property) 1984
Box 9 Folder 2 1718 W. Wellington Street, (Residential) 1983-1984
Box 9 Folder 3 4074 S. Wells Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 9 Folder 4 4441 S. Wells Street, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 9 Folder 5 2904 S. Wentworth Avenue, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 9 Folder 6 2651 W. Wilcox Avenue, (City-owned property) 1984
Box 9 Folder 7 Southwest corner of W. Willow Street and N. Vine Street, (vacation of land) 1984
Box 9 Folder 8 1330 N. Wolcott Avenue, (vacation of land) 1984
Box 9 Folder 9 Alley bounded by E. Walton Street, N. Ernest Street, E. Delaware Place, and Michigan Avenue, (vacation of Huguelet Place) 1983-1984
Box 9 Folder 10 Alley bounded by W. Washington Boulevard, W. Madison Street, N. Pulaski Road, and N. Hamlin Boulevard, (vacation of part of alley) 1984

Series 2: Disposition Parcels, 1981-1984

Scope and Contents

This series consists of devaluation reports, location maps, plats of survey, redevelopment plans, recommendations, market data, analysis of appraisal reports and acquisition parcel maps.

Arrangement

Records are arranged alphabetically by street name or subject area.

Box 10 Folder 1 16th and S. Canal Street, (Disposition Parcel 5) 1983-1984
Box 10 Folder 2 45th and S. Michigan Avenue, (Parcels 1-3, 1-4, 1-5, 1-6) 1983
Box 10 Folder 3 47th and S. Kedzie Street, (Commercial district, Disposition Parcels 2, 3) 1983
Box 10 Folder 4 79th and S. Normal Street Project, (Disposition Parcel 2) 1983
Box 10 Folder 5 W. Belmont – N. Sheffield Project, (Parcel 2-31) 1984
Box 10 Folder 6 Central West Disposition Project, (67-8) 1984
Box 10 Folder 7 Central West Disposition Project, (67-6, 67-9, 67-10, 67-11, 67-12) 1984
Box 11 Folder 1 Central West Project, (Parcel R-12) 1983-1984
Box 11 Folder 2 Chicago-Austin Blighted Commercial Area, (Disposition Parcel 2, 3) 1981-1984
Box 11 Folder 3 931-933 W. Eastwood Avenue, (Uptown Conservation Area, Disposition Parcel R-2) 1981-1984
Box 11 Folder 4 Central Englewood, (Disposition Parcel B-5 Project and Parcel R-15 Project) 1984
Box 11 Folder 5 S. Englewood, 7000-7020 Wentworth Avenue, (Disposition Parcel LR-18) 1983
Box 12 Folder 1 S. E. Englewood Disposition Project, (Disposition Parcel B-7) 1984
Box 12 Folder 2 S. E. Englewood Disposition Project, (Disposition Parcels LR-23, PK-4) 1984
Box 12 Folder 3 Hyde Park, 49th Street and S. Maryland Avenue, (Redevelopment) 1982-1984
Box 12 Folder 4 W. Lawrence Avenue and N. Kedzie Avenue, (Commercial District Project, Disposition) 1981=1984
Box 12 Folder 5 Lincoln Park Conservation Area, (Disposition Parcel R-9, Tracts I, II, III, IV) 1984
Box 12 Folder 6 W. Madison Street – N. Racine Street, (Parcel 2) 1983
Box 12 Folder 7 4505-4511 S. Wabash Avenue, (Project 45th-Michigan Disposition, Parcel B-1) 1984
Box 12 Folder 8 7117-7154 S. Wentworth Avenue (Disposition Parcels) 1984
Box 12 Folder 9 Near Westside Conservation Area, Southwest Corner W. Arthington Street and S. Carpenter Street, (Re-use appraisal, Parcel MR-71) 1983

Series 3: General Files, 1983-1984, undated

Scope and Contents

Records consist of Real Estate Work forms, Mayor’s Real Estate Review Committee meeting minutes, and general notes. These records were found loose lying within the original collection boxes.

Arrangement

Records are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box 12 Folder 12 General notes, (folder 1 of 2) undated
Box 12 Folder 13 General notes, (folder 2 of 2) undated
Box 12 Folder 10 Mayor’s Real Estate Review Committee meeting minutes 1983-1984
Box 12 Folder 11 Real Estate work forms undated
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