Chicago Landmarking at 50: Past, Present and Future

Chicago Landmarking at 50: Past, Present and Future

October 14, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the designation of Chicago’s first two landmarks: Glessner House and Clarke House. In celebration of this milestone event, we will explore how landmarking came into being and how its use and impact have gone far beyond preservation. Chicago’s diverse Third Ward, in which the two houses are located, will be used as a case study.

Glessner House Executive Director and Curator Bill Tyre will provide a brief overview of the history of landmarking and the significant work undertaken to preserve both houses. Alderman Pat Dowell will discuss the impact of landmarking in her ward, and how several of those designations have been critical to raising the profile of black history in the city. Jeremi Bryant, an urban planner and resident of the Third Ward, will share his efforts to landmark a district in the 3500 to 3900 blocks of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, and how designation is an effective and essential tool in Chicago’s underserved communities.

This program is part of Open House Chicago 2020.

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Cite: "Chicago Landmarking at 50: Past, Present and Future" 13 Oct 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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