MAC teardown hurts preservationist rep

To the Editor:

Just over a month ago, the Hyde Park Historical Society presented MAC Property Management with the Marian and Leon Despres Preservation Award for the restoration of the Shoreland Hotel. Now we watch the same company’s demolition of the elegant and historic greystone rowhouses on Harper just north of Hyde Park Boulevard. And we learn that the building is being taken down for a mid-block parking lot — the second in the two-block stretch between 51st and 53rd streets. This is not preservation.

Ruth Knack, President
Hyde Park Historical Society