Prairie Avenue Historic District, Chicago

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The Prairie Avenue District is a historic district in the Near South Side community area of Chicago, Illinois. It includes the 1800 and 1900 blocks of South Prairie Avenue and the 1800 block of South Indiana, and 211-217 East Cullerton. It was the site of the Battle of Fort Dearborn and became the city's most fashionable residential district after the Great Chicago Fire. It was designated a Chicago Landmark on December 27, 1979. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 15, 1972. The John J. Glessner House, designed by Henry Hobson Richardson in 1885–1886 at 1800 S. Prairie Avenue, has been restored as a historic house museum and is open for public tours. In 2006, the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance, a non-profit organization was formed to provide representation for thousands of South Loop residents, including the Prairie District, Central Station and Museum Park, Motor Row, the South Michigan Ave Corridor, as well as other areas of the Near South Side.
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  • I wrote separate reviews for both the Glessner House (1880s) and the Clarke House (1830s). These adjoin the Chicago Women's Park and Gardens. Prairie Avenue as a neighborhood preserves some of the ori...  more »
  • Oldest home in Chicago, moved back to within 2 blks of the original location and well restored with a small museum in the basement. Beautiful gardens surround it, with a sculpture garden in honor of J...  more »
  • Often described as Chicago's "original Gold Coast," the six-block stretch known as the Prairie Avenue Historic District was home to some of the city's wealthiest--more than 75 millionaires to be exact...  more »

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