Found at 955 W. Grand Ave (at Morgan), the Chicago Commons was a settlement household founded in 1894 to offered housing, education, and care for regional immigrants in the (now termed) West City community, being modeled off of Jane Adam’s Hull Residence. It even held just one of the initial kindergartens in the U.S. This building dates to 1901 and was designed by Pond & Pond. It contained boarding rooms, lecture rooms, a gymnasium, a library and many other amenities. The Chicago Commons as an group however exists in the town, but they stopped functioning out of this place in the 1948 when strategies for building the Kennedy Expressway immediately north and east of the building started. You can browse additional below and below. And THIS picture, which faces north-west, shows properties that have been eradicated for the expressway.
It afterwards turned a shelter for women and children termed the “Gospel League Household” but that facility moved to South Canal Road. This building has been boarded up for a even though now, it looks.
I have handed this building nearly each individual solitary day for about two a long time on my commute and only now know its awesome importance. And the week that I discover of its amazingness, anyone decides to deal with two components of it in graffiti.
UPDATE twelve/23/09: this building is FOR SALE. I definitely hope these people know what variety of record they are working with.