The Historic Pullman Foundation and the Pullman Civic Organization will host their 43rd Annual House Tour on Saturday
, October 8 and Sunday, October 9, 2016. The tour will feature a glimpse into eight private homes in the Historic Pullman District of Chicago
. A cross-section of different housing types including executive homes, skilled craftsman homes and workers cottages will be featured allowing visitors to see how these privately owned homes have been renovated and restored by the owners.
Built in the 1880’s, these landmark homes are a unique part of Chicago‘s history. The Pullman Historic District contains nearly 1,000 of the original residential structures of the town and many significant public buildings — all designed by the then 26-year old Solon S. Beman between 1880 and 1893. The Pullman Historic District, a City, State and National Historic Landmark since 1972, is a peerless example of an industrial planned community. Today, enthusiastic residents of this vibrant area are involved with the preservation of the District and its heritage.
The Pullman House Tour will begin at the Pullman National Monument Visitor Center, 11141 South Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, where visitors can view exhibits on the Town of Pullman and a 20-minute introductory video that will be shown every half hour. The self-guided tour will feature seven Pullman residences and the Greenstone Church — all open for viewing from 11 am to 5 pm. In addition, while at the Visitor Center, guests will enjoy the opportunity to view all of the creative House Tour posters — some now very collectible — from the past 42 years.
Musical entertainment on Saturday, Harmonica Jimmy’s Blues Band featuring Mississippi Jerry Jones will play “Under the Arches” around Market Hall., Q Kiser will entertain us with his Qombo on the Arcade Park Bandstand, Sunday, the Arcade Park Bandstand will feature the Mudcats Dixieland Band. Additionally, classic cars will be on display Sunday.
Pullman was built by rail car magnate George M. Pullman as a planned community of homes, shops, schools, recreational facilities and industry in the form of his Pullman Palace Car Company — famous for its elegant sleeping cars. Built for workers to escape the dangers of the city’s industrial workplace, Pullman provided a clean, safe and aesthetically pleasing environment for his workers to live and work. In return, Pullman could recruit the best craftsmen from around the world to live in what was billed as ‘The World’s Most Perfect Town.” Today, Pullman is a diverse neighborhood on Chicago’s far south side, with a community that is focused on the area’s preservation.
House Tour tickets may be purchased for $20 in advance through 5:00 PM October 6th
Online: www.pullmanhousetour2016.brownpapertickets.com; by phone at 773-785-8901, or $23 at the door on the days of the event. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit restoration projects in Pullman.
Pullman is located four blocks west of I-94 (Calumet/Bishop Ford Expressway) at exit 66A (111th Street). The Visitor Center is located at the corner of 112th street and Cottage Grove Avenue. Pullman is also accessible by the Metra Electric commuter rail line at the 111th Street/Pullman or the 115th Street/Kensington station, and the CTA bus line #111/Pullman. For more information, call 773-785-8901 or visit www.pullmanil.org.