Landmarks Illinois Timuel D. Black, Jr. Grant Fund for Chicago’s South Side Grant Recipients

The Landmarks Illinois Timuel D. Black, Jr. Grant Fund for Chicago’s South Side was created to support grantees in their effort to preserve and promote the history, culture and architecture of Chicago’s South Side. Learn more about eligible projects and how to apply for funding:

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2021 Landmarks Illinois Timuel D. Black, Jr. Grant Fund for Chicago’s South Side Grant Recipients

Greenstone United Methodist Church
Pullman neighborhood

Grant amount: $2,500

The Greenstone Church, located on the southeast corner of St. Lawrence Avenue and 112th Street, was built in 1882 as a church to serve all the denominations of the company town of Pullman. It was sold to the Methodist Church in 1906 and today serves as Greenstone United Methodist Church. The church is a City of Chicago Historic Landmark and National Historic Landmark.

Designed by Solon Beman, the Greenstone Church in Pullman features a unique façade of green, serpentine stone quarried in Pennsylvania. The building, however, including its main tower is in need of extensive repair. The structure of the tower is compromised and crumbling. The congregation will use Landmarks Illinois grant funds for Phase 1 restoration work.

Landmarks Illinois enlisted the help of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., to conduct a pro bono engineering report on the church in 2017. The findings in this report recommend a priority approach to repair the exterior masonry with the first priority of recladding the tower with alternate material and salvage units to be used in other areas of the building.

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2020 Landmarks Illinois Timuel D. Black, Jr. Grant Fund for Chicago’s South Side Grant Recipient

Muddy Waters Original Jam Out (MOJO) Museum
Kenwood neighborhood

Grant Amount: $2,500

The Muddy Waters Original Jam Out (MOJO) Museum, a nonprofit working to preserve blues legend Muddy Waters’ former home in North Kenwood and convert it into a museum and cultural center. The MOJO Museum will use Landmarks Illinois’ grant funds to help make critical repairs to Muddy Water’s former home as part of the first phase of the four-phase restoration and redevelopment plan for the 131-year-old structure. Phase 1 work includes repairing the roof of the home, replacing and repairing windows, conducting masonry repairs to the exterior of the home and completing interior repairs due to water damage.

Muddy Waters House, located at 4339 S. Lake Park Ave. and built in 1889. McKinley Morganfield, aka Muddy Waters, purchased the brick two flat in 1954 and lived in it until the 1970s. The building is part of the North Kenwood Multiple Resource District, a Chicago Landmark District designated in 1993 due to its architectural significance. The home is also eligible for individual Chicago Landmark designation, and a nomination is underway.

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