This is Geoffrey Smalley's picture which survived the fire at 1444 w Farwell this past January. These series of photos are reader submitted. The Smalley family vows to repair the western half of their duplex at the corner of Farwell and Greenview (yes the same duplex where the Bang Da Hitter video was filmed). Ivan Smalley and wife look grim but determined as they comb through the wreckage. Sad to see what was destroyed and happy to find what can be saved. These photos were taken Friday 8/9/13.The insurance company has told them that they have to rebuild from the basement and back up again. Which will be a challenge since its a duplex and some of the damage extends into the other half.
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Pictures from 8/9/13
January 15th Ivan Smalley had an operation. Two days later the fire happened. He is a musician and has lived in the neighborhood between 35-40 years. They found what was left of a violin and some damaged artwork. The City of Chicago had accused him of abandoning the place. But he has been in the neighborhood a very long time and he wants to do whatever he can to stay and rebuild.
Pictures from a week ago 8/21/13
(The workers were upset that this photographer took pictures. (The following photos are from Chevanston) But it is a construction site. No close pics were taken of the men. Some people are just very camera shy. Picked up the parkway while this keyboardist was there. We can see an example of why Rogers Park's median house price is so low. There is a condo at 1441 Farwell for sale for 59,900. )