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A Visit to Historic Pullman

Jean Ward - ChicagoLakeCondos - A Visit To Historic PullmanOne of Chicago’s hidden architecture gems is the Historic Pullman District. Located about 12 miles south of downtown Chicago, it is bounded approximately by E. 104th Street, E. 115th Street, S. Cottage Grove Avenue and S. Langley Street. Pullman is one of Chicago’s historic neighborhoods and has designations on the U.S National Register of Historic Places, the U.S. National Historic Landmark District, and is a Chicago Landmark.  Pullman was the first model planned community built in the United States.  George Pullman, the designer and manufacturer of the Pullman Sleeping Car, hired architect Solon Beman to design the community and adjacent factory. 

Visitors will be amazed by the rich and ornate detail of the Queen Anne style architecture found in the many buildings and private residences of Pullman. Residents through the Beman Committee have worked to preserve the architecture and history of the historic town.  Some of the more notable gems include the Hotel Florence, the Market Hall, the Historic Pullman Foundation Visitor Center, and the Historic Pullman Center.  Even personal residences have been preserved and restored and offer beautiful architectural detail. While Beman is most famous for his work in the Pullman district, there are several other amazing buildings in Chicago designed by Beman, including the Fine Arts Building (also known as the Studebaker Building) and the Blackstone Public Library.

There are a variety of ways to experience Pullman.  You can take self-guided or guided walking tour. The Visitor Center is a great source of information and the starting point for the guided tours. For a really unique experience, one weekend a year, residents open their homes to the public for the Historic Pullman House Tour.  For Chicago architecture and history enthusiasts, a visit to historic Pullman is certainly worth the trip. For more information visit: www.pullmanil.org/.

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