4700-4714 N. Broadway,
Chicago (Cook County)
The Plymouth Hotel, one of theoldest buildings in the Uptown
Square National Register
District, was demolished in late
March 2003 as part of a
The Uptown Square district was listed to
LPCI 2002 Chicagoland Watch List
last June and LPCI worked closely with local preservationists (Broadway
Terrace Coalition) to
persuade the developer to incorporate the building in the new development.
Not only did the four-story building appear to be structurally sound, our
experience also shows that it was capable of being adaptively reused.
Designed by architect George Kingsley, best known for the Reebie Warehouse
on North Clark Street, the building was notable for its extraordinary
brickwork and distinctive cream-and-green colored terra cotta ornament,
which is reminiscent of a Louis Sullivan-style design.
Built as a hotel, it became the choice lodging for silent film stars
working at the nearby Essanay Motion Picture Studios, one of the nation’s earliest film
Renamed the Uptown Hotel in 1926, it was marketed as an
“apartment hotel” aimed at long-term residence but featuring hotel