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Throwback Thursday: Logan Square's Milwaukee/Kedzie Building Circa 1908

By Mina Bloom | February 2, 2017 8:28am

LOGAN SQUARE — For #ThrowbackThursday, check out an old photo of the Higgins Building, which is still standing today at the corner of Milwaukee and Kedzie avenues.

Today, the building houses Reno, Webster's Wine Bar, Meyvn and other businesses. In 1908, when the photo was taken, the building was home to a pharmacy called Henry Minchin Drugs, which was marketed as the "square druggist," according to Logan Square Preservation, the neighborhood group that provided the photo.

The building was designed by the architecture firm Schock & Swanson, which was responsible for many other structures in the neighborhood.

Architect Frederick Schock is most well-known for designing four Queen Anne and Shingle-style homes in the early 19th century in the then-suburb of Austin on Midway Park. 

In the photo, other storefronts and houses are visible along Kedzie Avenue, a block that is now home to Longman & Eagle, Same Day Cafe, El Cid and other businesses. The roads weren't paved until after 1910, according to the neighborhood group.

For more historic photos of the neighborhood, check out Logan Square Preservation's Facebook page.