At a Glance: Why did Obama create Pullman as a National Monument, and not a National Park? -The Antiquities Act of 1906 at the President’s disposal to create National Monuments -Pullman represents a unique and culturally significant architectural installation in American History -Illinois, his home state, currently has no national monuments OR national parks -Monument designations provide...
JOSEPH T. & LOUISE DeKOVEN BOWEN HOUSE Joseph Tilton Bowen was a local manufacturer and banker. It’s his activist wife, Louise DeKoven Bowen, however who is the interesting partner in this coupling. Mrs. Bowen’s history in Chicago goes back to the beginning of the city. Her mother was born within the palisades of Fort Dearborn. DeKoven...Read more
EDWARD AYER HOUSE Edward Ayer was another one of several lumberman who built in the Gold Coast. In his case he made a great deal of money selling railroad ties and other materials to the ever expanding RR industry. He had significant land holdings in Arizona and Mexico, and was an amateur anthropologist with a focused...Read more
EDITH ROCKEFELLER McCORMICK HOUSE Although it was commonly referred to as the Mrs. Edith Rockefeller McCormick residence, this house located at 1000 N. Lake Shore Drive was built in 1883 for Nathaniel Jones, a prosperous member of the Board of Trade. He was described as “one of the wealthiest and most successful businessmen in Chicago.” It...Read more