Be sure and GET FLASH...
As we enter the painful final minutes of the life of the Rookery and Mohawk buildings, we decided to put together a Then & Now that shows them in a better time.
From our archives we pulled up an older photo of Howard Street and Riverside Avenue from the late 1940s. A point in time when the buildings contributed some life to the area, and well before Wendell Reugh had started assembling the parcels that make up most of the block. Some things have changed over the past sixty years: fewer people on the street, the addition of a skywalk, one less street clock, a modern office tower, and four lanes for traffic.
Though we fully expect the Rookery and Mohawk to be gone by the end of summer, the pictures make one thing clear: that cities change, they evolve, decline, and grow over time. Many of the buildings in the picture are no longer there...replaced with newer ones that served a better purpose. We have the same hope for this block.