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In the 1920s, automobiles became increasingly popular in Chicago and traffic became a growing concern. Developers Gubbins, McDonnell & Blietz wanted to build cooperative apartments adjacent to Indian Boundary Park without the interruption of roadways. After the firm successfully built the three eastern apartment buildings with lawns abutting the east side of Indian Boundary Park, Gubbins, McDonnell & Blietz wanted a similar connection for the Park Gables on the northeast side of Indian Boundary.
In June of 1927, shortly after construction of the Park Gables building, a representative of the firm attended a Ridge Avenue Park Board meeting along with several residents and property owners from the neighborhood. This delegation presented the Park Bioard with a petition protesting against the construction of Estes Ave in front of the Park Gables building. The Park Board agreed to honor the request and Estes Avenue was never extended along the northeast side of the park.