Tag: Division Street

Ghost Signs: Van Houten's Cocoa

Ghost Signs: Van Houten's Cocoa
Ceonraad Johannes Van Houten is the creator of modern cocoa powder. In the early-to-mid 19th century, he created a new process to make chocolate production easier. He was also the inventor of Dutch chocolate. It began in Holland, but by the end of the 19th century, Van Houten had spread across Europe and eventually made... Read more »

Forgotten Chicagoans: August Hanschmann

Forgotten Chicagoans: August Hanschmann
August Hanschmann was born on January 28, 1840 in Germany. His naturalization records don’t indicate when he arrived in the United States, but he became a naturalized citizen in 1887. He built this building at 1928 W. Division Street to house his saloon around this time. Interestingly, his last name was misspelled in its epigraph. August... Read more »
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