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Peoples Gas South Chicago Neighborhood Store

Street Elevation, photo by Bob Thall     Address: 8935 S. Commercial Ave.
Year Built: 1925
Architect: Von Holst & Elmslie
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: April 16, 1996

Terra Cotta Ornament One of the city's few surviving works by master Prairie School architect George Grant Elmslie. The building's extensive terra cotta detailing is significant as an outstanding example of Elmslie's distinctive ornamental style. The store represents a unique effort by a public utility to create an architectural design that would enhance the neighborhood where it was located. This modest building, which is now owned by a private individual, remains an attractive part of the Commercial Avenue streetscape.