New Life For Former Wrightwood Neighbors Funeral Home

One of the great things about Chicago’s neighborhoods are the local businesses that have served the city for as long as anyone can remember.  Whether it’s the neighborhood hotdog stand, the corner bar, or even… the local funeral home.

2501 North Southport (Courtesy of Interra Realty)

2501 North Southport (Courtesy of Interra Realty)

One of those neighborhood funeral homes is about to undergo a transformation.  It’s the Ewald-Barlock Funeral Home at 2501 North Southport Avenue in the Wrightwood Neighbors neighborhood.

Edwald-Barlock was in business for almost 118 years when it closed last year.  According to Crain’s Chicago Business, it suffered the fate of many of its compatriots:

A switch from burials to far cheaper cremations, rising real estate taxes, gentrifying neighborhoods and, in some places, a lack of parking have combined to kill one funeral home after another.

Now the 10,000 square-foot limestone building that is so much a part of the neighborhood that most people don’t even notice it will be turned into residences. A residential block will also go up on the adjacent parking lot.

More details in the press release below.

Interra Realty Brokers $4.3M Sale of Historic Funeral Home in Chicago’s Lincoln Park for Redevelopment

Buyer expects to renovate shuttered property and develop new building on adjacent parking lot

CHICAGO — Interra Realty, a Chicago-based commercial real estate investment services firm, today announced it brokered the $4.3 million sale of 2501-11 N. Southport Ave., a three-story mixed-use building and adjacent parking lot located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Interra Director Colin O’Malley and Jon Morgan, Interra co-founder and managing principal, represented both the buyer, a Chicago-based private investor, and the longtime owner of the property.

“Family-owned funeral homes across the city continue to close their doors, creating infill opportunities for investors while allowing existing owners, many of whom have held onto their properties for decades, to capitalize on rising values,” said O’Malley. “Recognizing the potential of this site, we were able to arrange a sale that was a win-win for buyer and seller.”

The 10,000-square-foot limestone-fronted building previously housed the Ewald-Barlock Funeral Home, a family-owned business established in 1900 that operated out of the building until it closed last year. The property is located in a vibrant, historically significant area at the intersection of Southport and Altgeld streets — just a short walk from DePaul University.

In addition to renovating the interior of the former funeral home, the buyer plans to develop the adjacent 9,300-square-foot parking lot, which offers approximately 75 feet of frontage along Southport.

Location: 2501 North Southport Boulevard, Lincoln Park

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