JULY 25, 2013
Demolition of several buildings on the 500 block of Lincoln Street is taking place this week. The complex of houses on the northernmost stretch of campus has been collectively known as Peanut Row. Some have been vacant only since last year others as long as five.
Originally built when the country was emerging from the Great Depression, the buildings were later used as military barracks during World War II when Northwestern hosted a Navy training program.
Since then, fraternities have occupied the space. But due to deteriorating conditions they have been forced to relocate. The university is considering placing new dorms in the space, but there is no definite plan in place nor has a completion date been scheduled.