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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2022 Landmarks Illinois Timuel D. Black, Jr. Grant Fund for Chicago’s South Side Grant Recipients

announced june 2022

Inequity for Sale, Englewood

GRANT AMOUNT $2,000

Social justice artist and National Public Housing Museum’s 2021 Artist-as-Instigator Tonika Lewis Johnson created the “Inequity for Sale” project, a virtual and physical exploration of homes sold on land sale contracts (LSC) in Chicago’s Greater Englewood neighborhood, demonstrating how legalized theft in the past directly contributed to the present inequity in black communities. The project includes 10-15 life-sized land markers for LSC homes, a website documenting the stories of this period of plunder, and a walking tour via the Vamonde app that connects this history with present-day conditions in Greater Englewood. Johnson, who was also named a 2022 Landmarks Illinois Influencer, will use the grant funds to purchase one of the land markers to be installed in front of a LSC property.

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Hyde Park Union Church, Hyde Park

GRANT AMOUNT $3,000

Hyde Park Union Church (formerly Hyde Park Baptist Church) is a significant, 1906 work by noted architect James Gamble Rogers (1867- 1947), who is known nationwide for his designs of university structures. He also designed the stately Gothic Revival-style Emmons Blaine Hall for the Laboratory Schools of the University of Chicago (1896-1903) nearby on 59th Street.

The congregation of this church, founded in 1874, was closely associated with several founders of the University of Chicago (including the first three presidents, William Rainey Harper, Harry Pratt Judson, and Ernest DeWitt Burton, and many faculty members). Construction was funded largely by John D. Rockefeller and the American Baptist Education Society. Histories of the church note it as a center of liberal Protestantism. The church’s proximity to the campus has insured generations of theological students’ involvement in preaching and ministry.

The parish hall and sanctuary, constructed in 1926, are in critical need of restoration due to the advanced deterioration of the fifth-level tower room. The congregation will use Landmarks Illinois’ grant funds to hire an architect to conduct a conditions assessment to prioritize their needs. This study will enable them to apply for additional funds to complete the necessary work.

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Announced January 2022

Pullman Civic Organization, Pullman

Grant amount: $2,500

The Pullman Civic Organization began documenting residential façades in the Pullman Historic District in 2007 as part of a larger historic survey started by its volunteer-led Beman Committee. The survey first focused on the southern portion of the district. Now, the organization would like to focus on the northern portion to complete its catalogue of residential façade drawings for the entire Pullman Historic District.

The northern part of the district represents a multitude of dwelling units of varying size and type. All were designed by architect Solon S. Beman and built in the 1880s, as part of the original town of Pullman. Series of row houses boast architectural features in vogue at the time, while also reflecting Beman’s own eclecticism and mixing of styles to create a unique community that was in keeping with George Pullman’s vision for the “world’s most perfect town.”

Landmarks Illinois grant funds will be used to hire a local architect to create elevation drawings of residential units in the northern part of the district.

All drawings will be added to a public, searchable database of Pullman Historic District façade styles. This database continues to act as a standing resource to property owners, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks for use in building permits and contractors wishing to perform any rehabilitation, stabilization, etc., work on the façades of the applicable buildings.

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

St. Basil Visitation

Englewood
Grant amount: $2,500

Awarded August 2021

St. Basil Visitation, formerly known as Visitation and built in 1899, has been at the heart of the historical richness and cultural diversity of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood for over a century. Located on Garfield Boulevard, the green tower and spire of the Gothic-style church serve as a beacon for the South Side residents and visitors.

In 1925, 1,575 students were enrolled in the church’s grammar school, making it the second-largest, English-speaking parish in the City of Chicago. In 1932, the New World noted that the parish “is one of the largest and most important in the Archdiocese.” The church was a bustling religious center for Irish immigrants for the first half of the 20th century. In the second half of the century, it diversified and celebrated the richness of the Black and Puerto Rican communities.

The church’s congregation has been awarded $2,500 through the Landmarks Illinois Timuel D. Black, Jr, Grant Fund for Chicago’s South Side to aid in the restoration of 80 original stained glass windows. The interior of the church was completely restored in the early 2000s, but the art glass windows were not part of that project. The window restoration project was more recently identified as a priority thanks to a 2016 building evaluation conducted by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

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LYTE Collective

Greater Grand Crossing
Grant amount: $2,500

Awarded June 2021

LYTE Collective is a nonprofit organization serving Chicago youth impacted by poverty and homelessness. LYTE Collective is working to restore the 1926 Ingleside-Whitfield United Methodist Church to serve as a community center for the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. The future space, called the LYTE Lounge, will provide holistic support services, house a health clinic, art and music studios, gymnasium, performance stage, teaching kitchen, computer lab and more than 200 units of secure storage. Youth who visit the future LYTE Lounge will be connected to both immediate and long-term housing and will have access to food, shower and laundry facilities, personal care supplies, legal services and mental health support.

LYTE Collective is currently raising funding to repair the vacant former church, which it purchased in 2017. Renovations underway include updating plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems. LYTE Collective will use Landmarks Illinois grant funding through the Timuel D. Black, Jr. Grant Fund for Chicago’s South Side to help pay for those updates.

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Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corp.

Auburn Gresham
Grant amount: $2,500

Awarded June 2021

The Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corp. (GAGDC) is a community development organization serving low-to-moderate income communities. It is restoring a historic, four-story, masonry building at 79th and Halsted Streets to transform it into a multi-use site including office and retail space and a federally qualified health center. The historic property was deemed eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and is therefore required to retain certain original features. GAGDC will use Landmarks Illinois’ grant funding toward retaining and reusing an original interior staircase that is required to remain due to the building’s historic significance.

The restoration effort is part of GAGDC, Urban Growers Collective and Green ERA’s “Always Growing Auburn Gresham” project, which was awarded the $10 million Chicago Prize in August 2020 from the Pritzker Traubert Foundation. The larger project will create a “healthy lifestyle hub” that includes the multi-use site at 79th and Halsted as well as an urban farming campus at 83rd and Halsted. The development project is expected to create a neighborhood anchor and bring jobs, food, healthcare and much-needed investment to the Auburn Gresham community.

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Greenstone United Methodist Church

Pullman
Grant amount: $2,500

Awarded January 2021

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 2016. 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

Awarded September 2020

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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