Saturday, October 17, 2015

Former Army Surplus Building Goes On The Market

4647 N. Broadway, now on the market
It's been over a year since Army Surplus Store, a long-time fixture at 4647 N. Broadway, closed its doors. As the area around it is transformed by the Wilson L renovation, and judging by the new real estate signage, the owner of the building has put it on the market.
Any interested parties should contact Damian Walsh at Marc Realty at 312-994-5616.  This would make an excellent historic rehab as the original brick and terracotta has been covered by siding for close to 50 years. A small section of it is visible on the left hand side of the photo.

Update: An interesting bit of info on this building at 4647 Broadway is that it was once 4 stories, and not just 2 stories as it is today. It can be seen here on the right in a close-up of a 1932 aerial photo of Uptown we have shared many times. You can also spot the lighter terracotta strips on the building as well as the darker red bricks that are barely visible today.


  1. The day after 9/11, I wanted to display our flag. The only place I could find one was at the Surplus. I can recall so clearly that beautiful fall day, bike riding home with my flag flapping away. It was such a perfect moment. I was so sad and proud of my country, I had tears in my eyes.

  2. I'd love for Marc Realty to do some very minor work on this building to show off it's potential. Right now it's very tough, even for me, to see through it's tough skin. If they were to remove the metal paneling, those big signs covering the windows on the second floor, and even the security gates if the front doors are closable and lockable, the building would look 100x better. If I had the money, I would totally do it myself. Anyone have any historical images of this block where we could see the original grandeur of this building?

  3. Ultimately it will probably be knocked down for cookie-cutter townhouses with retail on the ground floor. But if that's what's needed to bring back this gawd awful stretch of Broadway, bring it on!