43rd Street Historic Architecture Tour in Bronzeville on Wednesday

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On Wednesday, September 24th, Chicago Patterns is teaming up with Urban Juncture to provide a historic architecture tour as part of An Evening at the Forum, a retro-themed block party that’s celebrating the golden age of Bronzeville.

The Forum

Forum Hall at 43rd and Calumet

Almost a year ago we created a self-guided walking tour of the area around 43rd and King Drive, which concluded with a detailed historic account of The Forum, a set of structures including a long-vacant ballroom located near the 43rd Street Green Line station.

The Forum restoration project is a part of Urban Juncture, one of the sponsors of the block party.

New Stops

We’ve added several new stops to the self-guided walking tour created last year. If you join us Wednesday, you’ll see some of the grandest homes on the South Side, featuring diverse group of styles:

  • Queen Anne
  • Romanesque
  • Classical
  • Second Empire
  • Chicago School
  • Gothic
  • Italianate

There are very few areas of the city which have so many styles within a small area, and the tour will include the identifying traits of each style.

The tour will also include a stop by the former home of Doctor Daniel Hale Williams, an extraordinary figure that overcame discrimination as an African-American to found a hospital (Provident), as well as perform the first successful surgery to repair a damaged heart in 1893.

Get acquainted with our three part series featuring the area, then join us on Wednesday September 24th at 43rd and Calumet (right off the 43rd Green Line station). We’re scheduled to meet and depart at 6:00PM.

There is no charge for the tour, but there is a suggested $5.00 donation for entry to the Bronzeville Nights block party.

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