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Pullman Neighborhood Walking Tour Presented by the Village Men’s Group
Wednesday, September 8 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pmFree
Members & guests–free. To RSVP, please scroll down. The day before the event, a confirmation email will be sent to registered attendees with additional details including a map for the exact meeting location, which has yet to be determined.
Pullman resident Tom Shepard will lead our group on a one hour walking tour of the historic neighborhood. The group will meet outside of the Visitor Center at Pullman (11141 S Cottage Grove Ave), then at the end of the walk attendees are welcome to enjoy a self-hosted lunch. This program is presented by the Village Men’s Group, but it is open to all men, women, and guests of the Village.
About the Pullman Historic District
This walk covers the Pullman Historic District, also known as the Pullman National Monument. It was the first model, planned industrial community in the United States. The district is significant for its historical origins in the Pullman Company, one of the most famous company towns in the United States, and scene of the violent 1894 Pullman strike.
Historic Pullman was built in the 1880s by George Pullman as workers’ housing for employees of his eponymous railroad car company, the Pullman Palace Car Company. He established behavioral standards that workers had to meet to live in the area and charged them rent. Pullman’s architect, Solon Spencer Beman, was said to be extremely proud that he had met all the workers’ needs within the neighborhood he designed. The distinctive row houses were comfortable by the standards of the day and contained such amenities as indoor plumbing, gas and sewers.
During the depression that followed the Panic of 1893, demand for Pullman cars slackened. Despite cutbacks and wage reductions at the factory, the Company did not reduce rents for workers who lived in Pullman. Workers initiated the Pullman Strike in 1894 and it lasted 2 months, eventually leading to intervention by the U.S. Government and military. After George Pullman died in 1897, the town was annexed by the city of Chicago and the city sold the houses to their occupants. De-industrialization and migration to the suburbs led the area to fall into decline and a proposal to demolish the area to create new industrial development was defeated by the efforts of its residents. Over the years, local organizations and foundations have fought and won for recognition of Pullman as a Historic District and all the protections that brings.
From Wikipedia and Historic Pullman Foundation
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