JOHN CHUCKMAN’S PLACES – HYDE PARK CHICAGO – PHOTO – CHICAGO – 5131 UNIVERSITY AVE – COURTYARD FROM THE SIDEWALK – OUR LAST APARTMENT IN HYDE PARK – A JOHN CHUCKMAN PHOTO   Leave a comment

CHUCKMAN 5131 UNIVERSITY AVE - COURTYARD FROM THE SIDEWALK - OUR LAST APARTMENT IN HYDE PARK

TAKEN APRIL, 1967.

A HANDSOME BUILDING, AN EXAMPLE OF THE BEST OF CHICAGO’S WONDERFUL APARTMENT ARCHITECTURE.

FOR PEOPLE WHO COULD NOT AFFORD A PRIVATE HOME, WITH ALL THE EMOTIONAL CONNOTATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE WORD “HOME,” THESE WONDEFUL BUILDINGS GAVE PEOPLE A REAL SENSE OF PLACE, EVEN A SENSE OF PRIDE.

COURTYARDS HAD GARDENS AND LANDSCAPING THAT WAS PLEASANT AND MAINTAINED BY JANITORS WHO OFTEN SERVED SEVERAL BUILDINGS AND LIVED IN ONE OF THEM. JANITORS ALSO HELPED WITH MINOR MATTERS LIKE LEAKING TAPS.

SOME INTERESTING PEOPLE LIVED IN THESE BUILDINGS – THIS IS, AFTER ALL, THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO. AT THIS ONE I HAD A SOMEWHAT OLDER FRIEND, VERY INTERESTED IN SCIENCE, I BELIEVE HIS NAME WAS QUISSENBERYY (SP?), WHO DID SUCH FASCINATING THINGS, WITH ME AS COMPANION, AS LOOKING FOR METEORITES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

I ALWAYS THOUGHT OF THE WHOLE NEIGHBORHOOD – ITS EMPTY LOTS AND THE YARDS OF MANY HOMES – AS MY “YARD” IN THOSE DAYS, PEOPLE GENERALLY THOUGHT NOTHING WRONG ABOUT THAT. IT WAS EXACTLY THAT WAY IN SOUTH SHORE TOO, PERHAPS EVEN MORE SO.

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