Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Unity Hall

Unity Hall..
Address: 3140 S. Indiana Ave.
Year Built: 1887
Architect: Laban B. Dixon
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: September 9, 1998..

The plaque reads..
Chicago Landmark
Unity Hall
L.B.Dixon, architect
Originally built as the Lakeside Club, a Jewish social organization, this structure was renamed in 1917 when it became the headquarters of the Peoples Movement Club, a political organization headed by Oscar Stanton DePriest, the first African-American elected to the City Council and the first northern black elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. This rare surviving example of a 19th-century clubhouse building, is one of nine structures in the Black Metropolis-Bronzeville Historic District.
Designated on Sep 9, 1998
Richard M. Daley, Mayor
Commission on Chicago Landmarks..

The sign reads..
Chicago landmark District
Black Metropolis - Bronzeville
These nine structures are what remains of "The Metropolis", one of nations most significant landmarks of African American urban history. Developed during the first decades of the 20th century, this "city-within-a-city" was home to numerous nationally prominent, black-owned-and-operated business and allied institutions..
Commission on Chicago Landmarks,
City of Chicago,
Richard M. Daley, Mayor..


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