Piser Weinstein Menorah Chapel, 5206 N. Broadway, aka Furth Chapels
It’s not a dazzling building, but its jumble of massing is intriguing. Each function of the building seems to have its own articulation, even its own facade material. And it’s hard to fully judge a Modernist building when the windows are boarded over.
The funeral home appears to have operated into 2002, before moving to a new location in Skokie. Since then it’s been vacant and boarded up, with a developer planning ot turn the land into new residential development.
Given its former use, the odds of this little Midcentury piece surviving are pretty slim. As detailed in an article in Chicago Real Estate Daily, the economic slowdown is the only reason the building is still standing.
Doomed along with it is this vacant turn of the century apartment house with retail in the base.
I’m sure the would-be developers imagined a massive apartment/condo blockbuster building, similar to others that have gone up along other sections of Broadway in recent years. But with the scent of the money trail gone cold, couldn’t some thought be given to finding a new use for this little slice of 1960s style? Much of the lot is empty land. A small outbuilding is the only structure on the northern half of this large city lot — plenty of room for new and old to co-exist.