Landmark Designation Approved for Former Town Hall Police Station

September 11, 2013


One of Chicago’s oldest police stations was approved as an official City of Chicago landmark by City Council today.

Located in the Lake View community at 3600 N. Halsted St., the 42nd Precinct/Town Hall Police Station was built in 1907 on the site of the former Lake View Township Town Hall. 

The two-story Classical Revival-style structure is characterized by a symmetrical facade, limestone base, and distinctive copper cornice. The architect is unknown.

The station closed in 2010 when a new Town Hall police headquarters opened nearby. 

The building is owned by Heartland Housing Inc., which purchased it from the City earlier this year for $1. Heartland plans to include the structure as part of $27 million, 79-unit apartment complex for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender seniors that’s underway on adjacent land. Landmark status will protect the building’s exterior elevations from significant alteration or demolition.

The designation was recommended by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks earlier this year.


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