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South Side Community Arts Center

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South Side Community Arts Center

[Debbie Mercer]

3831 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. The building was built in 1893 as a home grain merchant George A. Seaverns, Jr. The architect was Gustav Hallberg. In 1940, the building was converted to an arts center. Among its alumni are Gordon Parks and Archibald Motley.

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Sanitary Cleaning Shops

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265 E. Pershing Rd., Chicago. 1911


Birthplace of Gospel, Adler’s Final Masterpiece: Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church

John Morris 5 comments
Ebenezer Baptist Interior

Ebenezer Baptist Interior. John Morris/Chicago Patterns

A cultural treasure resides at 45th and Vincennes in Bronzeville: Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. This church (and former synagogue) represents a grand alpha and omega: the birthplace of gospel music and the final work of legendary architect Dankmar Adler.

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Little Giant of Groveland Park

Andi Marie 14 comments
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Andi Marie/Chicago Patterns

On a recent trip to Ottawa, IL, I spent some time in the space where Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas first debated. When I looked at statue of Stephen Douglas, my thoughts instantly went to the Chicago’s South Side.

I imagined the past with trees, farmland, cottages, and Camp Douglas, the prisoner of war camp, to present day Lake Meadows, Groveland Park, and Bronzeville.

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