Monday, September 14, 2009

Motor Row Historic District - II

Continued from .. Motor Row Historic District .. click here ..

In the Motor Row Historic District, I saw not only beautiful automobile showrooms [now converted into loft condominiums] .. but also many cultural hallmarks that reminds of it's proximity to the elite Prairie Avenue Historic District .. and also it's growth as a blue collar settlement ..

Second Presbyterian Church ..
Address: 1936 South Michigan Avenue ..
Completed: 1872-1874: James Renwick
Architect: 1900-1901: Howard Van Doren Shaw ..
Designated a Chicago Landmark: Spetember 28, 1977 ..
Beautiful neo-Gothic style church with great interior decorations ..

Chess Records Office and Studio ..
Address: 2120 South Michigan Avenue
Architects: 1911: Horatio Wilson
1956-57: John S. Townsend Jr. & Jack S. Wiener
Home of Chess Records, which recorded some of the era's most popular blues music .. The Blues Heaven Foundation now operates this building ..
For more on .. Chess Records Office and Studio .. click here ..

The Illinois Automobile Club ..
Address: 2400 South Michigan Avenue ..
Completed: 1936
Architect: Philip Maher ..
Acquired by Chicago Defender newspaper ...
For more on .. The Illinois Automobile Club .. click here ..

Quinn Chapel AME Church ..
also known as Quinn Chapel of the A.M.E. Church ..
Address: 2401 South Wabash Avenue ..
Completed: 1892
Architect: Henry F. Starbuck
Chicago's oldest African-American congregation ..
The church was designated a Chicago Landmark on August 3, 1977 ..
and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 4, 1979 ..
For more on .. Quinn Chapel AME Church .. click here ..

Former St. Luke's Hospital ..
Now Trevi Square
1439 S. Michigan
Completed: 1908
Architect: Charles Frost
In 1996, the building went through major conversion into residential living and has been renamed as Trevi Square ..
For more on St. Luke's Hospital .. click here ..

For more on .. Motor Row Historic District .. click here ..

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