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Palatine: Past and Present

In this new feature, you will see areas of Palatine, including what they were way back when, and what they've become.

The history of the Starck building, located at the southeast corner of Brockway and Slade Streets, is long and varied. 

In 1910, it was Kunze's Saloon and was operated by Oswald Kunze who emigrated from Europe and moved to Palatine in 1904. 

Before Kunze moved to Texas in 1916, he sold the building to Dr. Carl Adam Starck. 

Starck renovated the building into a hospital at that time, and for more than 30 years, it was a hospital used by area residents in addition to a training ground for nurses. The hospital closed in 1950.

Since then, the building has been used for a variety of purposes. 

It has been a drug store, an Army recruitment center and business offices.

Today, Monson Jewelers and Foxglove Cottage occupy the space.

Both businesses have taken advantage of the Village of Palatine's Downtown Facade Program to preserve and improve the outward appearance, aesthetics and character of the building. 

Information, in part, provided by the Images of America, Palatine, Illinois and the Palatine Historical Society. 

Joemama December 27, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Is that all the photos you can find of old Palatine?
Melanie Santostefano (Editor) December 27, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Good morning, This is the first of a new regular feature about specific buildings/properties in town-giving some history on what they used to be and showing what they are now. There is much more to come. Happy New Year! Melanie
Wally December 27, 2012 at 02:21 PM
This will be a nice new feature Melanie. Thank you.
Skip December 27, 2012 at 05:13 PM
This is a great feature!
Craig Apelbaum December 28, 2012 at 04:02 AM
It's nice to see history.
Randy Starck January 03, 2013 at 02:23 PM
I look forward to the upcoming features- particularly interested in the old commuter parking lot (now Palatine Station townhomes). Thanks
Jim Johnson January 19, 2013 at 01:14 AM
There will be more

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