The House That Gunpowder Built and the 1886 Explosion That Shook the City

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Near the corner of 36th and Western in Brighton Park is a boarded up Italianate mansion, known as the DuPont-Whitehouse house. Financing and motivation to build the house came from DuPont de Nemours & Company, an explosives company dating to the early 1800s.

The house’s stark symmetry, boarded up windows, and tall stature command attention. The home also represents one of the largest turning points in prosperity for the Brighton Park neighborhood.

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Second Empire/Italianate at Throop and 18th

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Man carrying a guitar on his back while riding his back in front of a Second Empire and Italianate styled commercial/residential building at Throop and 18th in Pilsen.


Colorful Pilsen Italianate

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Colorful Italianate corner building at Cullerton, Laflin, and Blue Island in Pilsen.