The Milkman Cometh

I love historic architecture.  Especially architecture that tells a story.  This building at 319  West Locust Street near Cabrini Green has been vacant a long time.  But it still speaks of a time when dairies weren’t so far from downtown Chicago.  When an army of milkmen delivered milk, cheese, and the occasional baby right to your doorstep.    It’s not hard to imagine a row of bulbous milk floats parked outside, manned by a squad of angular men in starched white smocks and matching hats.

And on a personal note, I like that it says “Bordens” on the roofline.  When my grandfather came to this country all those years ago, it was Borden’s that gave him his first American job.

Author: Editor

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