Monday, August 11, 2008
The former Grand Trunk Western Railroad Elsdon Roundhouse. A long gone Chicago southside landmark.
A long lamented landmark on Chicago's southwest side, was the former
Grand Trunk Western railroad roundhouse located at west 49th Street
and South Kedzie Avenue in Chicago's Elsdon neighborhood. This old
brick steam era enginehouse, was built in 1914, abandoned in 1983,
and finally demolished in 1987 to make way for a strip mall. The
first replacement strip mall featured a Jewel food store and a small
handful of stores. The first mall was unsucessful after Jewel/ Osco
decided to close the store at this location in recent years. The original
replacement strip mall was demolished and replaced with a newer facility.