Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Overton Hygienic Building

Overton Hygienic Building..
Address: 3619-27 S. State St.
Year Built: 1922-1923
Architect: Z. Erol Smith
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: September 9, 1998..
Built by noted entrepreneur Anthony Overton as the headquarters for the Overton Hygienic Company ..

The plaque reads..
Chicago Landmark
Overton Hygienic Building
Built 1922-23
Built as the headquarters for the Overton Hygienic Company, one of the nation's foremost producers of African-American cosmetics,this structure also housed the Victory Life Insurance Company and Douglass National Bank, the first nationally chartered, African-American-owned bank. Offices on the second floor were rented to area physicians, lawyers, music producers, and architects. It is one of nine structures in the Black Metropolis-Bronzeville Historic District.
Designated on September 9, 1998
Richard M. Daley, Mayor
Commission on Chicago Landmarks..

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