W. Lexington and S. Lytle Streets, Little Italy neighborhood.
Leonard Currie, rehabilitation architect.
Currie’s earliest photos February 1964 or a little before. Rehabilitation 1965 -1966.
Leonard and Virginia moved to Chicago in 1962, where Leonard was the founding dean of the College of Architecture and Art at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). A year or two later, the Curries purchased a spacious house in need of repair near the new Circle campus. The Curries’ rehabilitation of the 1860s house helped spark the renovation of Chicago’s Little Italy.
Bill Lavicka (1945-2012), a structural engineering student at IIT at the time, helped Currie with the house. The project inspired Lavicka to pursue a passion for architectural preservation and he went on to earn renown in Chicago as a master builder and force for preservation.