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Mar 28 / Neal

North Pole Ice Cream – 1938

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Famed Chicago architect, Bertrand Golderberg, designed this beautiful portable ice cream shop for a North Avenue property one block west of Harlem Avenue in neighboring River Forest. The whole store was built on a truck chassis and was portable and moved to a warm weather location in the winter. Goldberg’s design was inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion House. The roof was hung from the pole which also served as an advertising post. Remarkably the store was constructed for just $150 which is equivalent to $2,300 in 2010. No one knows what became of the structure.

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