Well... great, you say, so what?
The legend on the building front, "11th Ward Democratic Party" is written in huge solid font, and carved into the stone. This is a building that isn't going anywhere, built as a settled long term location. This is how rooted the party was--brick and stone, raised, as both parties were, by rival mob factions. The glory days of the political parties have faded somewhat--the building is now shared with a set of apartments. But it still holds an aura with enough gravitas that I pause briefly to admire it.
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