Built in the 1890s, the Brand Brewing complex is one of the last remaining historic brewery structures in Chicago. The brewery itself closed in 1935, and since then the buildings have been occupied by a cold storage company, a hardware warehouse, and a rubber works. They’ve been vacant for a while, and may disappear soon: Hhgregg, a big-box store chain, is planning to buy the buildings and demolish them to make way for a new store. While one of the buildings is coded orange in the Chicago Landmarks Historic Resources Survey for possessing “potentially significant architectural or historical features,” the demolition permit was issued about a month ago, which means that technically, the buildings could be razed at any time.
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