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from American Spectator

Historic Home or Grassy Strip? The University of Chicago is about to demolish Ronald Reagan’s early childhood home. Can it be stopped?

All of Ronald Reagan’s formative years, from birth until he landed his first job across the Mississippi 21 years later, were lived in rural northwestern Illinois except for about ten months in Chicago.

In all but one case, his rural boyhood homes have been preserved. His birthplace in Tampico looks as it did when he was born and is open to the public. So is his teen years home in Dixon. The house the Reagans lived in for two years in Galesburg has been lovingly restored by its private owner. Their house in Monmouth is the only home that is closed.

Reagan’s father, Jack, a shoe salesmen by trade, moved the family from Tampico at the beginning of 1915 after his boss in Tampico sold his dry goods store. He got a job at the big Fair Store on Chicago’s south side, thinking his career would take off there. They rented a cold-water flat in a four-story apartment building at 832 East 57th Street in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Young “Dutch” Reagan (that was his nickname from birth until he moved to Hollywood in 1937) had his first memories in that flat. In a letter years later, he writes about the thrill of seeing horses pulling the fire wagon down the street at a gallop. February 6 that year marked his fourth birthday. While living in Chicago he also nearly died from a serious case of pneumonia.

The building the Reagans lived in is about to be demolished. The land now belongs to the University of Chicago’s Medical Center and the plan is to replace it with a grassy strip bordering what will be a new parking lot.

The Commission on Chicago Landmarks turned down an appeal to give the building landmark status on the grounds that it “does not have sufficient architectural significance” and “is not associated with Mr. Reagan during his active and productive years.” As to the first reason, the building is a good example of vernacular architecture of the era. As to the second, this site, along with all the other places the 40th president lived in as a boy, figured in the development of his character (his political philosophy came later) and thus is important to understanding this very significant president.


Meanwhile, while the university is more-or-less ignoring the Reagan home preservation effort, it is actively lobbying for an Obama Presidential Library. President Obama’s own home is in the Hyde Park neighborhood. Chicago politics being what they are, the betting is on that project and not saving the cold-water flat apartment building in which the only U.S. president born and bred in Illinois lived during his boyhood.

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Silly me thinks that the Chicago lefties see this as an easy way to erase Reagan from Illinois’ past…‘don’t know much about history…’


  1. Tracy

    December 11th, 2012

    NEXT: William Ayers apartment (Birthplace Of Barack Hussein Obama’s Political Career) slated for landmark status.


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  2. Diogenes

    December 11th, 2012

    Even in death they can’t get over their hatred of the man…..

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  3. Mr. Happy

    December 11th, 2012

    They hate Reagan and so they wish to obliterate all memory of him, and for now, this is all they can do.

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  4. IronyCurtain

    December 11th, 2012

    But you know that they’d still preserve the historic dump that Obama took as a young Marxist Occupier in Wrigley Field.

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  5. aleon

    December 11th, 2012

    I had no idea that Reagan’s early years had ties to Chicago, but I have little doubt that today’s Chicago has lost all ties to Reagan.

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  6. Mrs Compton

    December 11th, 2012

    Just like the muzzies, destroy anything that doesn’t jive with their ‘religion.’

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  7. Rick

    December 11th, 2012

    Wonder how long before Reagan is PhotoChopped out of pictures?

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  8. old_oaks

    December 11th, 2012

    I wouldn’t worry too much, democrats already shit all over Dixon, IL

    If you haven’t, read up on this bitch.


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  9. Nutjob

    December 11th, 2012

    Probabaly making way for the Barack memorial community center for innercity pukes..I mean youths.

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  10. Unruly Refugee

    December 12th, 2012

    The impeached Bill Clinton is honored with historical monument status applied to his boyhood home. WTF

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