Photo: Once Iconic Johnson’s Creamery Smokestack Concealed Now by Apartment Building in Bloomington’s Changing Skyline

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – APRIL 13: An apartment building under construction dwarfs the formerly 140-foot-tall Johnson’s Creamery, now hidden, smokestack on April 13, 2024 in Bloomington, Indiana. The once iconic smokestack, a main historic landmark in the City of Bloomington, was mostly removed in 2022 to make way for the adjacent apartment building and “ensure public safety.” “We need to get that stack down … as soon as possible,” said John Zody, former director of the Bloomington Housing and Neighborhood Development Department. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 25: Workers begin taking down the Johnson’s Creamery smokestack, August 25, 2022 in Bloomington, Indiana. The structure was deemed unsafe by the City of Bloomington, and an “Unsafe Building Order to Repair” was issued to the Chicago based Peerless Development, who are owners of the building. Rather than repair the 140 foot tall structure the top will be removed, and the bottom 60 feet will remain when the workers are finished with their work. Peerless, the company owning the smokestack, wants to build a 51-unit apartment complex north of the smokestack. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 25: Workers begin taking down the Johnson’s Creamery smokestack, August 25, 2022 in Bloomington, Indiana. The structure was deemed unsafe by the City of Bloomington, and an “Unsafe Building Order to Repair” was issued to the Chicago based Peerless Development, who are owners of the building. Rather than repair the 140 foot tall structure the top will be removed, and the bottom 60 feet will remain when the workers are finished with their work. Peerless, the company owning the smokestack, wants to build a 51-unit apartment complex north of the smokestack. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 25: Workers begin taking down the Johnson’s Creamery smokestack, August 25, 2022 in Bloomington, Indiana. The structure was deemed unsafe by the City of Bloomington, and an “Unsafe Building Order to Repair” was issued to the Chicago based Peerless Development, who are owners of the building. Rather than repair the 140 foot tall structure the top will be removed, and the bottom 60 feet will remain when the workers are finished with their work. Peerless, the company owning the smokestack, wants to build a 51-unit apartment complex north of the smokestack. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 25: Workers begin taking down the Johnson’s Creamery smokestack, August 25, 2022 in Bloomington, Indiana. The structure was deemed unsafe by the City of Bloomington, and an “Unsafe Building Order to Repair” was issued to the Chicago based Peerless Development, who are owners of the building. Rather than repair the 140 foot tall structure the top will be removed, and the bottom 60 feet will remain when the workers are finished with their work. Peerless, the company owning the smokestack, wants to build a 51-unit apartment complex north of the smokestack. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 25: Workers begin taking down the Johnson’s Creamery smokestack, August 25, 2022 in Bloomington, Indiana. The structure was deemed unsafe by the City of Bloomington, and an “Unsafe Building Order to Repair” was issued to the Chicago based Peerless Development, who are owners of the building. Rather than repair the 140 foot tall structure the top will be removed, and the bottom 60 feet will remain when the workers are finished with their work. Peerless, the company owning the smokestack, wants to build a 51-unit apartment complex north of the smokestack. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 25: Workers begin taking down the Johnson’s Creamery smokestack, August 25, 2022 in Bloomington, Indiana. The structure was deemed unsafe by the City of Bloomington, and an “Unsafe Building Order to Repair” was issued to the Chicago based Peerless Development, who are owners of the building. Rather than repair the 140 foot tall structure the top will be removed, and the bottom 60 feet will remain when the workers are finished with their work. Peerless, the company owning the smokestack, wants to build a 51-unit apartment complex north of the smokestack. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 25: Workers begin taking down the Johnson’s Creamery smokestack, August 25, 2022 in Bloomington, Indiana. The structure was deemed unsafe by the City of Bloomington, and an “Unsafe Building Order to Repair” was issued to the Chicago based Peerless Development, who are owners of the building. Rather than repair the 140 foot tall structure the top will be removed, and the bottom 60 feet will remain when the workers are finished with their work. Peerless, the company owning the smokestack, wants to build a 51-unit apartment complex north of the smokestack. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 25: Workers begin taking down the Johnson’s Creamery smokestack, August 25, 2022 in Bloomington, Indiana. The structure was deemed unsafe by the City of Bloomington, and an “Unsafe Building Order to Repair” was issued to the Chicago based Peerless Development, who are owners of the building. Rather than repair the 140 foot tall structure the top will be removed, and the bottom 60 feet will remain when the workers are finished with their work. Peerless, the company owning the smokestack, wants to build a 51-unit apartment complex north of the smokestack. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 25: Workers begin taking down the Johnson’s Creamery smokestack, August 25, 2022 in Bloomington, Indiana. The structure was deemed unsafe by the City of Bloomington, and an “Unsafe Building Order to Repair” was issued to the Chicago based Peerless Development, who are owners of the building. Rather than repair the 140 foot tall structure the top will be removed, and the bottom 60 feet will remain when the workers are finished with their work. Peerless, the company owning the smokestack, wants to build a 51-unit apartment complex north of the smokestack. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA – AUGUST 25: Workers begin taking down the Johnson’s Creamery smokestack, August 25, 2022 in Bloomington, Indiana. The structure was deemed unsafe by the City of Bloomington, and an “Unsafe Building Order to Repair” was issued to the Chicago based Peerless Development, who are owners of the building. Rather than repair the 140 foot tall structure the top will be removed, and the bottom 60 feet will remain when the workers are finished with their work. Peerless, the company owning the smokestack, wants to build a 51-unit apartment complex north of the smokestack. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, UNITED STATES – 2022/01/14: The 140-foot tall Johnson Creamery smokestack has been fenced off after being deemed unsafe on January 14, 2022 in Bloomington, Ind. Part of the B-Line trail has also been closed until the smokestack is repaired. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, UNITED STATES – 2022/01/14: The 140-foot tall Johnson Creamery smokestack has been fenced off after being deemed unsafe on January 14, 2022 in Bloomington, Ind. Part of the B-Line trail has also been closed until the smokestack is repaired. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, UNITED STATES – 2022/01/14: The 140-foot tall Johnson Creamery smokestack has been fenced off after being deemed unsafe on January 14, 2022 in Bloomington, Ind. Part of the B-Line trail has also been closed until the smokestack is repaired. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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