1886 Map of the Near North Side Neighborhood of Chicago between Division St. Sedgwick St. Larrabee St. and North Ave.
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E 1/2 of N.W. 1/4 Section 4.39.14.
By: Elisha Robinson
Date: 1886 (dated) New York
Dimensions: 20.25 x 29.75 inches (51.5 x 75.5 cm)
A large scale map of part of the Chicago's Near North Side neighborhood between Division St. Sedgwick St. Larrabee St. and North Ave.
The map is color-coded by the most common type of building material such as brick (pink), wood (yellow), and stone (brown). Since this map was published after the great Chicago Fire of 1871, most the other buildings had been rebuilt with brick and limestone as opposed to wood.
The large, bold numbers represent the "block number" and the smaller numbers differentiate individual lots from one another. Small numbers in a circle indicate the elevation of the street, two line side-by-side delineate sewer lines, and small circles with a cross denote the location of fire hydrants. Streets that are uncolored indicate that they have not been paved and are likely dirt or gravel. Circled letters throughout the map correspond to a list of divisions with the names of several land owners at the bottom of the map.
Many of the buildings shown are residential but several schools churches, factories, and theatres are noted. Two theatres that can be found within the map include the National Theatre on Clybourn and Criterion Theatre (1881-1934) on Sedgwick. Today the theatre sites are occupied by retail shopping and parking lots. This section of Chicago would also see the Red, Brown, and Purple, lines come through in the 20th century.
Condition: This map is in A condition with bright and bold color on relatively clean paper and original linen backing. Some light soiling is apparent as well as a small tear in the top. Pencil markings can also be found, but this is not regarded as a condition issue as this was a working map for some time.
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