Sunday, March 27, 2016

Meadow Gold Butter

John David Larson posted


John's comment: "Near 16th Street Crossing as seen in the year 1999."

I've seen the "Meadow Gold Butter" sign in the background of several pictures of trains arriving or departing from Chicago depots. Now I have a better clue as to where that building was and is. It is in the upper-right corner of the satellite extract below. The conversion to condos must did extensive modifications to the building including the addition of several stories.
Satellite
From the shadow in a 1938 photo, I included the shadow to emphasis the height of the building. That is why it is visible in some many pictures taken in a land of tracks and freight houses.
1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP
The following comments are from John's posting. I gather the building was a cold storage warehouse for Meadow Gold's dairy products. Having it located on the south side where the fast passenger trains with express service came in and out of the city makes sense. That also explains why the building became obsolete and was converted to condos.
Todd Pearson Still smelled like butter according to one of the guys that checked it out after its conversion. Only took two years to thaw the whole place out.
Daniel Metzger While I was down the they had a fire in that building. I was told it was the cork insulation that caught fire.
Todd Pearson I could believe it. Best insulated building in Chicago till they converted it .

Paul Flaherty commented on the above posting
THREE NAME CHANGES HERE John Chuckman’s internet collection photo of Chicago’s Santa Fe RR facilities in 1967. We all know what happened to the Santa Fe. Standard Oil, per building sign, later became Amoco Oil and then BP. The Beatrice Meadow Gold Co. whose name is above the roundhouse went through more changes than a major railroad's merger history.
[The building is on the right behind the Sante Fe water tower.]
While looking for a better reference for the above photo, I found the following.
Chuckman's Collection, 1960s, AT 11:59 AM
[The signage confirms it was a cold storage building.]
The condo building is called the Dearborn Tower, 1530 South State Street. And it has the restaurant Tapas Valencia. A condo query generated a result with seven listings: 1 bedroom: 1 listing at $239,900, 2 bedrooms: 5 listings ranging from $435,000 to $599,900, 3 bedrooms: 1 listing at $900,000. The 3 bedroom unit also showed up on Redfin. That page offers 25 pictures. I'm copying some of the non-interior pictures and the description because this link is probably transient. Many of the "patio views" would have been a bunch of tracks as recently as the 1970s. It looks like the transformation of the South Loop from tracks to (expensive) housing is complete. That would explain why so many industries east and north of Goose Island are now being bulldozed to build condos.

Redfin
Panoramic skyline views day & night from EVERY floor-to-ceiling window of this spacious 3BD/3BTH loft. 2 deeded garage spaces INCLUDED in the price! Entertain with ease AND enjoy privacy in this open & airy floor plan. All bedrooms have FULL HEIGHT walls! High ceilings & hardwood floors throughout. Updated kitchen, living room w/ gas fireplace & custom built-ins. HUGE master suite has one of this home's THREE private outdoor spaces. Preferred north-facing side of Dearborn Tower overlooks Cotton Tail Park and Dearborn Park town homes. Ample storage incl. full laundry rm. Walk to schools, popular restaurants, and Mariano's. Come see! 



Update:
William A. Shaffer posted
Wabash PA-1 #1021-A (6.22.60)
(Photographer Unknown - Collection of William A. Shaffer)Stan Stanovich ...phenomenal photograph, #WilliamAShaffer!...not far north of the crossing of 16th and Clark, where C&WI tracks went underneath. The "Meadow Gold Butter" cold storage building attests to the location. The train is on approach to Dearborn Station. It's scenes like this which sometime make me wish I were born earlier, but then again, I'm old enough as it is!!!
Mark Hinsdale posted "then" and "now" pictures with the comment:
Then and Now at Chicago's 16th Street...
About 39 years apart, the massive Chicago Cold Storage Warehouse houses residents instead of butter, today.
1) ICG westbound transfer @ 16th St Chicago, June, 1977
2) CN westbound @ 16th St Chicago, January 21, 2016
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Marty Bernard posted
AT&SF F3A 34C, became CF7 2631, with Train 2, The San Francisco Chief, taken from the Roosevelt Road Viaduct, Chicago, IL on December 26, 1967. A Roger Puta photo.
[Another freight house to research.]


A Flickr photo of a westbound IC train pounding all four diamonds with the cold storage building in the background.

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