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The House of Crosses

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Keira Kensington
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« on: October 12, 2008, 10:46:22 pm »

The Last Days

Family members remained at the House of Crosses for a number of years after Mitch died, but the deteriorating condition of the house made it more and more treacherous for Mitch's elderly sister. As the neighborhood began to turn into condos, there seemed to be little else to do but sell the place --- bringing an era of Weird Chicago history to an end.

In early January, Adam Selzer of the Weird Chicago Tours came to the House of Crosses to shoot some scenes for a music video that he was working on with his band. The house had been a regular stop on the Weird Chicago Tour since the beginning and had appeared in Troy Taylor's book, Weird Illinois. In homage to this landmark, Adam planned to feature it in the video. He had noticed "for sale" signs on the property for the past couple of weeks but on the day of the video shoot, he discovered the house had been sold. By chance, he ran into the owner, Mitch's nephew, and learned that the days of the House of Crosses were numbered.

So, if you get a chance to drive over the Chicago's west side, and take a trip down Chestnut Street, don't miss this weird landmark. Take plenty of photos, while you still can, and remember with fondness this unusual house and, most importantly, the unusual and beloved man who created it.

© Copyright 2007 by Troy Taylor. All Rights Reserved.

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