WICKER PARK — A two-story worker’s cottage that collapsed in Wicker Park on Tuesday will be rebuilt, according to a realtor.
The house, 1243 N. Marion Ct., collapsed around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday, the Sun-Times reported. No one was injured, but one of the building’s walls fell onto a home next door, where one adult was evacuated.
The home was under construction by Blake Group and will be rebuilt, said realtor Sharon Gillman, of Gillman Group. The initial plan was to preserve the exterior and rehab the interior. But now the entire home has been demolished and will have to be rebuilt, she said.
“They were trying to preserve the house,” she said. “It was a super old house.”
The worker’s cottage was built 140 years ago, according to Cook County records. Gillman Group — the realtor for several rehab projects in the area — had previously listed the 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom worker’s cottage for $1.6 million.
The project received a construction permit in August,, according to Department of Buildings records.
Mimi Simon, spokeswoman for the city’s buildings department, said the general contractor of the cottage will be required to meet with city officials about the collapse and obtain new permits to continue the work.
“The building owner will also need to apply for a new construction permit with plans, which will be subject to review by multiple disciplines at DOB, including structural, before the permit is approved and issued,” Simon said in an email.
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