Tag: Wabash Avenue

The Ghost Signs of Music Row

The Ghost Signs of Music Row
Nearly a century ago, the area on Wabash generally between Adams and Van Buren in the South Loop used to be known as “Music Row” because many manufacturers of musical instruments were located here.  A photo looking north on Wabash from Van Buren in 1907 shows this area in its early days. Most of the... Read more »

Forgotten Merchants: Aldis and Company

Forgotten Merchants: Aldis and Company
On the side of the building at 37 S. Wabash Avenue in the Loop is a faded ghost sign. This sign is from sometime between the 1920s and 1950s. The structure, designed by Holabird and Roche, was built in 1903 as the New Powers Building, named for Orville Powers, the president and founder of the... Read more »
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