LOGAN SQUARE — Though not quite as eerie as the abandoned hospital in Edgewater, the Megamall has seen better days.
Walk through what's left of the indoor flea market and you'll mostly find old vendor booths and equipment and a whole lot of debris.
But not everything is trash — at least not to the neighborhood group Logan Square Preservation and Urban Remains, a West Town firm that recycles and re-sells objects from old buildings.
As crews press ahead with demolition of the 20-year-old mall to make way for a mixed-use development, the preservationists are digging through piles of debris for pieces of ornamental terra cotta facade and other architectural artifacts that were installed in the 1920s when pieces of the building were part of a thriving auto district.
Most of what they find will be salvaged, though Logan Square Preservation is hoping to reuse one of the 16-foot archways somewhere in the community. Eric Nordstrom, founder of Urban Remains, is chronicling the findings on his blog.
Take a look at what's left of the Megamall below:
[All photos DNAinfo/Mina Bloom]
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