Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Combined Insurance Building Up For Auction

By David Roeder, photo by John J. Kim

W. Clement Stone, apostle of the "positive mental attitude," always had a thing for Uptown. He chose to build his business in the Chicago neighborhood, not far from where he went to high school, and put hundreds of jobs there.

All of them are gone now, and the buildings Stone's former empire left behind are being sold in an auction. The properties are a large and incongruous part of the neighborhood. Amid a low-rise jumble that includes the Vietnamese restaurants along Argyle stands the former home of Stone's Combined Insurance Co. of America at 5050 N. Broadway. Continue reading at the Sun-Times

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