The Family Matters home is set to be demolished.
In a report from dnainfo, The city of Chicago approved a demolition permit to “wreck and remove a two-story frame multi-unit residence” Tuesday for 1516 W. Wrightwood Avenue, which served as the Winslow family home in the ’90s sitcom Family Matters. Prior to this, the city had previously approved a demolition permit for its detached garage in April.
Speaking for the owners of the property, Coldwell Banker’s Lissa Weinstein said they planned to turn the house into a three-unit residence on the lot.
“Prior to purchasing the property, they evaluated whether saving the house was a possibility and ultimately determined renovating the home wasn’t a viable option,” Weinstein said. “In honoring the site’s past, they plan to decorate the entry with framed photographs of the original house and the show’s beloved cast.”
Debuting in September 1989 on ABC, Family Matters told the story of the Winslow family, a middle-class black family living in Chicago, Illinois. However, the main star of the series ended up being Steve Urkel (Jaleel White), the Winslows’ nerdy neighbor. Urkel became a breakout character thanks to White’s portrayal of him, crafting memorable catchphrases such as “Did I do that,” “I’m wearing you down, baby, I’m wearing you down,” “I’ve made a new invention,” and “Whoa, momma.”
The house that is getting demolished was used for scenes where the Winslows were at home, and can also be seen in the show’s opening credit sequence.