The building housing the Majestic Store at Leland and Broadway continues to suffer due to poor maintenance. The chipping terra cotta that we noticed last March has now completely fallen and disappeared.
And now a large chunk of the original black marble facade is gone, leaving a wood base behind it to face the elements.The detailing indicates that this building was probably once as fine as its next door neighbor, the Uptown Broadway Building. Rumor has it that Thaddeus Wong, who bought and restored the Uptown Broadway Building, wanted to buy and restore the Majestic Store building as well.
But the owner wouldn't sell, and the poor old Majestic Building continues to deteriorate. The rumored owner of the building who refused to sell to someone who was ready and willing to rehab the poor falling-apart Majestic Shop?
None other than the cash-strapped CTA.