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Really? University of Chicago Plans to Tear Down Reagan’s Boyhood Home

Chicago NOw 11 December 2012 2 Comments

In 1915, Reagan’s father brought his family to a cold water flat at 832 E. 57th Street, Chicago, in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Reagan’s first memories are from this humble building.

The University of Chicago Medical Center plans to level the flat and replace with a grassy strip bordering a new parking lot.

Read more at Chicago Now

Hat Tip to our founder Tom Roeser for doing the original research to find out the Reagan home address.

2 Comments »

  • Votecounter said:

    There is a great story behind how this building was found. While Reagan was President he told the story of living in Chicago but he said he was too small to remember where it was; some people tried to look into the archives and old city records. It seems there had been a fire and the records for Hyde park area had for that time period had been lost. My Friend and mentor Tom Roeser was in Washington in the mid 80’s and sent word to the Whitehouse that the records seemed to have been lost. Reagan being the kind of person he was, said why don’t you have them check the police records, My father was known to have a drink or two I’ll bet they had to bring him home once or twice, Ill bet you will find the address there. Thats where they found the address and which apartment it was. Miss You Tom!!!

  • Terry P. said:

    I stopped by this building one day on a visit to Hyde Park, after Tom determined the address. Believe it or not, the U of C was using it as its real estate acquisition office!

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