Make your own free website on Tripod.com

Home
Schools & Churches
Elgin Academy
Elgin High School
Franklin School
1st. Congregationalist Church
St. Mary's Church
St. John Ev. Lutheran Church
Ev. Lutheran Church of Holy Spirit
Methodist Church
 Episcopal Church
Grant School
Buildings
Borden Library
City Hall
Cook Publishing
Brethren Publishing 
Dunham's Castle
Elk's Club
Ill. State Armory 
Home Bank Building
Professional Building
Post Office
Sears Academy
Selz Shoe Factory
Masonic Temple
H. Kind 
Bakery
Hubbard Block
McGraw 
Electric
Woolworth's
Cromwell Shoes
Judge Botsford's Residence
Fire Barn # 1
Fire Barn # 5
Elgin Eagle Beer
Hospitals
Sherman Hospital
Resthaven Sanitarium
St. Joseph's Hospital
Larkin Children's Hospital
Elgin State Hospital Annex
Old People's Home
Streets
Grove Ave.
Grove Ave 
at Nite.
North on Grove
Douglas Ave.
Chicago Street
Villa Street
Highland & Larkin Avenues
Modern Elgin
Grove Ave. (Mod)
Aerial View
Elgin Skyline
Greetings From Elgin
Greetings From Elgin (1975)

North on Grove Ave. 
From F. W. Woolworth's

While the postcard company titled this card, simply as "North on Grove Ave", it has a much richer legacy than the title would indicate.

The large 5 story building in this postcard is The Burritt Memorial Building, named after Peter J. Burritt, the son of Benjamin Burritt, one of the city's founders.  Peter Burritt owned a farm in Hanover Township.  However, his fame and fortune did not stop there; additionally, he invested in The Elgin National Watch Company as well as The Home National Bank and other businesses in the city.  Other building constructions included The Henrietta, a building around the corner from the Burritt Building.  The Henrietta would house The Theo Swan Department Store for many years.  He also had four cottages built on Grove Avenue, which he used as rental property.  

In 1914, The Burritt Memorial Building was nearly completed.  With a price tag of $100,000, it was said to be "...the most costly and beautiful structure..." in town.   Local legend maintains that Burritt stipulated the building be built in his will, and that his wife Rebecca McBride Burritt oversaw its construction.  

F. W. Woolworth's occupied the entire first floor for many years.  However, the upper floors were never completed nor occupied.  In 1992, the building was purchased by Frank Halsey, who was said to spend $1 million to complete the building.  He maintained that once he finished the building, there would be over 34,000 square feet of rentable space and that his pay back would be swift.  

         

 
Home
Fox River
Chgo St Bridge
Chgo Bridge at night
Kimball  Bridge
Walton Island
Pumping Station
Elgin Nat'l 
Watch Co.
West & Front Wing
Noon at Factory
The Main Entrance
National House
Elgin Watchmakers College
Il. Watch 
Case Factory
Eppenstein's Home
Observatory
N. Y. World's Fair
My Elgin's All Right
Parks
Gifford Park
Veteran Monument
Lord's Park
Scenic View
Upper Lake
Band Stand
Audubon Museum
Pavilion At Night
Pavilion in Wintertime
Bear Pit
Trout Park
Trout Park  Amusement Park
Sulfur  Springs
(Wing Park)
Pavilion,
Wing Park
Swimming Pool
Band Concert
(Wing Park)
Weldwood Country Club
Central Park
Bridge over Tyler Creek
Windmill on Aurora Elgin RR
Hotels
Kelley Hotel
Hotel Fosgate
Fox Hotel
Misc.
Dairy Cows
Interurban
 Hiawatha
Pageant
Other Elgins
Elgin, Texas
Elgin, Minnesota
Elgin Oregon
Elgin, Arizona