The wheels are greased and if every little thing works out proper a constructing at 206 S. Jefferson in Chicago will ultimately attain the official landmark standing that it already has in our hearts.
One of many websites of seminal Chicago nightclub The Warehouse was authorized at the regular monthly hearing of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks on Thursday, April 13, 2023.
The vote for “preliminary landmark standing” was unanimous.
The Warehouse, at 206 S. Jefferson St., acquired a preliminary landmark advice from the Fee on Chicago Landmarks at this time. From 1977 to 1982, the three-story West Loop constructing served because the dance membership the place Home music was born, led by pioneering DJ Frankie Knuckles. pic.twitter.com/Pcon3aqKZO
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The Warehouse was the location of Frankie Knuckles’ first residency in Chicago after arriving from New York. The relocation was preceded by promoter Robert Williams, who first opened The Warehouse as “US Studios” earlier than altering the identify and giving the world a primer in how to run a house music club — and an LGBTQ+ institution in a particularly hostile time and place.
The constructing has lengthy been transformed right into a business workplace house, and bought to new homeowners in December. Preservation Chicago cited 206 S. Jefferson as one among Chicago’s seven “most endangered” buildings and locations.
The petition begun by Preservation Chicago generated greater than 12,000 signatures in a month.
The vote will probably be adopted by a closing advice after which approval by the total Chicago Metropolis Council earlier than closing landmark standing is authorized. Whereas no one has performed a straw ballot, it needs to be famous that each the incoming metropolis council and the incoming mayor are significantly receptive towards home music tradition.