Saturday, June 4, 2011

Trip 106: Four South Side Neighborhoods

Date: June 4, 2011
Trip: 106
Landmarks Visited: 6
Landmarks To-Date: 299
Landmarks Remaining: 54

On this hot and humid Saturday morning I drove to four south side neighborhoods (Pilsen, Chinatown, Bronzeville and Kenwood) to see six landmarks.

1. Thalia Hall

This building was originally built as a community center when the neighborhood was primarily Bohemian. Today the neighborhood is primarily Latino and the building houses a restaurant and appears to be undergoing some renovations.

2. Schoenhofen Brewery

This building appears to be perfectly maintained, but there isn't any signage to indicate what company currently occupies it.

This building is located next door to the brewery building. At first I thought it might be part of the brewery complex, but I think the Star of David on the facade rules that out. I thought the architectural detail made the building worth a couple of photos regardless of its landmark status.

3. James Ward Public School

This is Chicago's oldest school building still in use as a school.

4. Unity Hall

I especially liked the coats of arms above the main entrance to the building.

5. Pilgrim Baptist Church

This church burnt in 2006 and all that remains are portions of the facade. The structure built to support the remaining facade is pretty impressive itself. The building was originally designed by Adler and Sullivan and had a central structure that rose above the surviving walls. Plans are to rebuild the church assuming that adequate funds can be raised.

6. South Side Trust & Savings Bank Building

This building is still in use as a bank. Today it is a branch of Urban Partnership Bank.

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