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56packman
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Post Number: 214
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Does anyone know when the building on Wyoming at the Lodge (NE corner) was torn down? It was visible from the Lodge right at the Wyoming curve (on the LH side heading south), and had been known as Puritian electric for years. The other building was the Parkwood diner on Coolidge/11 mile (SW corner)--when did it come down?
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Kathleen
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From the Oak Park City Government website: "[The] Parkwood Diner, open from 1947 until 1997 on Coolidge, was demolished in April [2005]. After the original owners sold the diner in 1999, it deteriorated and was vandalized."

This Freep abstract (for a purchase-only article online) corroborates the 2005 date:

"DEMOLITION ENDS HOPE FOR DINER'S NEW LIFE
May 19, 2005 900 words ID: 0412392514
The broken blacktop and golden straw crunched under his tennis shoes as he ambled across the vacant lot. Cars whizzed down Coolidge Highway in Oak Park last week as John Stilber pointed out where the Formica counter used to stand. Where the chrome stools with blue cushions once swiveled. And where his mother spent countless hours serving up house specialties like roast beef sandwiches and stuffed peppers. There on the corner of Coolidge and Kingston Street, Stilber, 65, remembered the Parkwood ...."

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