Crews Begin Demolition of Reagan's Childhood Home

Crews began demolition Tuesday on the childhood home of Ronald Reagan in Chicago

By Amanda Bonafiglia
|  Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013  |  Updated 9:51 PM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Building on the 800 block of East 57th Street, was purchased by the University of Chicago in 2004. Former President Ronald Reagan lived in the home as a toddler in 1914 and 1915.

Building on the 800 block of East 57th Street, was purchased by the University of Chicago in 2004. Former President Ronald Reagan lived in the home as a toddler in 1914 and 1915.

advertisement

Demolition on the childhood home of Ronald Reagan began Tuesday.

Crews from Heneghan Wrecking Co. began tearing down the apartment building on Chicago's South Side at 832 E. 57th St., where Reagan and his family lived for two years when he was two years old.

The University of Chicago bought the building in 2004 as part of a plan to buy all residential property north of their hospital. They plan to install a plaque to commemorate the site.

Preservationists have been trying to save the building, but the city and university didn’t find the site historically significant, according to DNAinfo.com.

The university has no immediate plans to begin construction on the site, but despite rumors, officials said the land will not be used for a Barack Obama presidential library.

The site is part of a construction staging area to be used for the new Center for Care and Discovery and a new parking garage for the medical center, according to DNAinfo.com.
 

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get NBCDFW on Mobile!
Get NBCDFW's free news and weather... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out