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Palatine: Past and Present

Go back in time in Palatine. See what properties around town were way back when, and what they've become today. Be sure to check out the before and after photos.

This is what you would have seen looking south on Bothwell Street from just north of Slade Street back in the late 1930's.

On the east (left) side is Matthei's building, 19 N. Bothwell Street, and directly across on the west is the former State Bank of Palatine at 35 W. Slade Street. 

Today, Matthei's buidling is gone, and was replaced by the Pepper Block Building, which houses businesses including Pop's Bar and Grill, Arete Salon and Shay's Closet.

The same building that stood more than 70 years ago on the west side of Bothwell Street is now inhabited by Guidant Wealth Advisors. 

Also in the late 1930's, a movie house was located behind the current Guidant building called Siep's Hall. Today, Cookie Cards, LPL Financial, On Track Hair Station and Shawney Consulting occupy the space leading south up to Palatine Road. 

The first Palatine library was located behind the Matthei building on the east at Palatine Road, which is not visible in the picture. 

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

Mary Deruz January 10, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Love this segment. This article and pictures got my son asking a lot of interesting questions about Palatine and we looked it up together and discovered a lot of fun and interesting things. Keep this "Past and Present" idea coming with pictures... LOVE IT!

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