Thursday, March 31, 2016

Former Salerno Cookie Factory

Tim Paske posted
Salerno cookie Factory, 4500 w. Division. Oh, those butter cookies, couldn't eat just one ! The former Salerno Cookie Factory, home of that familiar and delicious butter cookie, at 4500 W. Division, an orange-rated building, has apparently been cleared for demolition, despite the fact that it is a rare example of famed architect Harold Zook in an industrial context.
Adrian LaTrace Jr.'s posting of a link had many comments. A couple of comments provides pictures after the first day of destruction. They won't be using the Art Deco entrance way somewhere else.

Mary Kobialka

Joe Kus 
You could tell by the curvature of the building on the west side that this building used to be rail served. In fact, I think we have seen this building before in satellite views. But I can't remember which posting that was in.

Satellite
Bird's Eye View
Bing's Streetview

15 comments:

  1. Sad. I came across this article as I searched the Salerno history, it sort of ends with Alyce who died at 71 in 1985. From what I can see, she had no heirs. They were a multi million dollar company -with so much Chicago history, and just ceased to exist after her death, of course not right away the Salerno Cookie company was reformed and reorganised and sold several times. I was curious to look them up when we bought a box of mixed junk with what seemed to be quite a few hand written and typed recipes mixed in with some other obscur items. The recipes are original Salerno recipes, and they are all there Jingles, Saltines,Fig bars, butter cookie and more. It seems to be a pretty complete collection of this history of the company. Sadly, I could find nobody who wanted them. Not suitable for home use, the recipes are hundreds of pounds of ingredients. Just curious, I will find a use for these pencil and typed written pieces of history. If I was able, I would post some pictures but this window does not offer that option. Melinda Rhodes

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    1. Hello Melinda. I am very interested in learning some information about the Salerno business if you are interested in helping I would love to her from you. Thank you.

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    2. Your request went to spam. I can be reached at Eyeice4u@gmail.com. Melinda

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  2. Anyone attached to this company may contact me. Melinda Rhodes

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    1. Hi Melinda, I'm very interested in getting some information on this company and pictures if you have them.

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    2. How can I contact you?

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    3. I am just receiving your request which went to spam.I can be reached at Eyeice4u@gmail.com. Melinda

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  3. Hi Melinda, I would be interested if you still have those recipes? I am actually in the process of starting a cookie company. I’m am just searching for a larger facility. If you still have them could you send me an email? Thanks so much,

    -Steve

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    1. Hi there, I am just getting your email from April - it went to spam.I can actually provide the formulas. You are a brave soul, I was a commercial cake decorator for 30yrs. Not an easy job. Respond to Eyeice4u@gmail.com . Melinda

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  4. Hello Melvindale do you still have those formulas I would love to get a copy of them. I love these cookies and I am from chicago. Is this possible if so please contact me at pamelalock@gmail.com

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  5. I am a Salerno, I don't believe i am related to this family, but would love to see the recipes, or if in your find there are any advertising items with Salerno on them

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  6. I’m from Chicago born and raised
    I loved those cookies and I’ve never tasted any better I mean never
    I do hope someone continues this fantastic recipe I’d pay 20.00 a box that’s the original box size
    Please someone carry on the baking of this one of a kind brand
    Thank You

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  7. hi Melinda
    Fred Salerno was my grandfather. I would be very interested in anything you had. I have been collecting for years. I would be happy to share stories with anyone invested. It was such a magical place.
    I have e mailed you

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    1. Hi Deeisme,
      My great grandfather was Roger C Sullivan owner of Sawyer Biscuit. Our family lore was that Fred worked for Sullivan at Sawyer. Have you heard of any history along those lines? My Dad worked at Salerno his whole life and we have a very cool solid brass cookie die roller for the frosted animal cookies! Alyce's mint cream patties were my favorite however.

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  8. Hi Deeisme-
    “Louie” ( Dominic) Perrelli was my grandfather
    My understanding is that he and Fred originally worked at Nabisco, and left to start the Salerno Biscuit Company, with Mr Megowen who left a short time later.
    As a child, I visited the building on Division St & ate in the cafeteria. When my grandfather retired, he was in charge of Baking and Chocolate—I was told. Fred would send each employee a turkey for Christmas, and we got boxes of Salerno butter cookies, too.
    The placard on the outside door had the names of each employee on it. With few exceptions —for Irish—all the names were Italian.
    I’d be interested in any of the very early history of the company— how it got started, who was Mr Megowen, did the Salerno’s come from Salerno ( my grandfather came from Cosenza, emigrated at age 14 with his 16 yo brother
    Thanks
    Vince perrelli

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