It's over. The question about whether the historic Hammerschmidt mansion at 432 E. Chicago Ave. should receive landmark status is settled, and in the end it came down to a debate about property owner rights.
The council voted 5-3 not to grant landmark status. Doug Krause, Kenn Miller, Darlene Senger, James Boyajian and Richard Furstenau voted in the majority, while council members John Rosanova and Robert Fieseler and Mayor A. George Pradel were in the minority.
What's next? Will the house be razed by the owners? What's the status of that effort to sell shares and raise money to buy and restore the home? What do you think of the council's decision--did it get it right?