Former President Ronald Reagan’s Hyde Park boyhood home is being demolished. Reagan lived in the apartment building, located at 832 E. 57th St., with his parents in 1914 and 1915.
The property, which is near the University of Chicago Hospital, was purchased by the university almost 10 years ago. They have no immediate plans to build upon the site, but it has been reported that they plan to use it as a construction staging area for hospital expansion.
Reagan’s Hyde Park Boyhood Home is One of Many
Preservationists had been trying to save the building for its historical significance. Even though Reagan’s Hyde Park boyhood home will not be saved, there are plans to save Reagan’s connection to the site by placing a historical marker at the location.
The Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn reports that the Reagans lived in a dozen homes before the president went to college. Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois and spent most of his childhood growing up in Dixon. The fact that the family even lived in Chicago was largely unknown until the 1980s.
Reagan’s son, Michael, tweets, “For the last time, my father’s real boyhood homes in Tampico and Dixon are fine. PLEASE don’t buy into the Chicago story.”
So, for those who are sad about demolishing one of Reagan’s childhood landmarks? Don’t be. It turns out there are plenty more left!