Today I chatted with Eric of Urban Remains. He's the person who has the rights to the demo of the Nortown. By now it should be clear to everyone how I feel about the tear down of this building - I hate it on so many levels. But it's a done deal now, and it's not Eric's fault.
Eric is taking a very archaeological approach to the demolition. He's interested in the lives of the men who built the buildings and their construction techniques and is learning about this via items he's finding in the walls.
He has graciously agreed to put together a package of Nortown fragments and other odds and ends that have been discovered during the demolition for the the Rogers Park / West Ridge Historical Society.
With an advanced degree in molecular biology, he has an appreciation for education and is working on putting together seminars that will be held at Urban Remains. Stay tuned for more information on that.
I'll be looking forward to talking with Eric again to get his input for a story about the Nortown in the Preservation Chicago fall newsletter. He's a cool guy.