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Mapping Chicago's Freshly Minted National Historic Places

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Illinois had over two dozen entries to the National Register of Historic Places last year, with many of the buildings and sites located in Chicago. No doubt, Chicago's architecture is world famous, but the reputation wouldn't exist if many of the city's cultural gems weren't preserved throughout the decades. Although all of the buildings and sites listed on our map are quite old, their inclusion to the list of National Historic Places is very fresh. Entry to the list of historical buildings can range from architectural significance to historical and cultural relevance. So come and take a look at where Chicago's "newest" historical sites are.


· Check out Chicago-area sites named to National Register of Historic Places [Crain's]
· National Register of Historic Places Program [National Park Service]
· Previous coverage of National Register of Historic Places [Curbed Chicago]

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1. Kosciuszko Park Field House

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2732 North Avers Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

Located in Logan Square, the tutor revival style "Koz" Park Fieldhouse opened in 1916 and has been largely unchanged ever since.

2. J.J. Walser House

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42 North Central Avenue
Chicago, IL 60644

Located in the Austin neighborhood on the city's far West Side, this two story home built in 1903 and designed by famous Prairie School architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

3. Vesta Accumulator Company Building

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2100 South Indiana Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616

This old manufacturing building in the city's Motor Row neighborhood was once the home to the Vesta Accumulator Company, which manufactured automobile parts and remains one of the last remnants of the original "Motor Row".

4. 320 West Oakdale Avenue

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320 West Oakdale Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657

This high rise residential building located between Lincoln Park and Lakeview was designed by Milton M. Schwartz and built in 1954. It made the list for being one of the best preserved examples of the Mid-Century Modern movement that took Chicago by storm in the 50's and 60's.

5. The Neuville Apartment Building

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232 East Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611

This early luxury apartment building in Streeterville was erected in 1920 and is representative of the economic boom during the 1920s.

6. 42nd Precinct Chicago Police Department

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3600 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613

This old police station is one of the earliest in Chicago. Built in 1907, there are only a couple of other older examples of Chicago Police stations in the city.

7. Bush Temple of Music

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100 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654

Built in 1901, the Bush Temple of Music was the location of Bush and Gerts Piano Company, one of the largest and most important piano manufacturers in the world at the time.

8. Curtiss-Wright Aeronautical University Building

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1342 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

This building was once the home to the first accredited flight school in the Midwest that enrolled black students and hired black flight instructors going back as far as the 1920's and 1930's.

9. Passionist Fathers Monastery

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5700 North Harlem Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631

Located in Norwood Park, this building is significant for its classic Baroque and Romanesque style detailing. The monastery was once one of the most prominent religious buildings in the Chicago area when it was completed in 1910.

10. Polish Roman Catholic Union of America

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984 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642

This building is the home to the oldest Polish American organization in the entire country and the site of the Polish Museum of America.

11. Stony Island Trust & Savings Bank Building

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6760 South Stony Island Avenue
Chicago, IL 60649

This old bank building is representative of the rise of community banks in Chicago during the 20's and is a fine example of the popular Classical Revival architectural style from the time.

12. Storkline Furniture Corporation Factory

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4418 West 26th Street
Chicago, IL 60623

The former home of the Storkline Furniture Corporation Factory, the building is significant for its relationship with its former tenant who was one of the earliest and largest manufacturers of furniture for infants and children.

13. Strand Hotel

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6315 South Cottage Grove Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

This old hotel in Woodlawn was the home to the Strand Show Lounge, a popular jazz venue from the 1950's and 1960's where some of the country's most famous acts played.

14. West Argyle Street Historic District

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West Argyle Street & North Winthrop Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640

This Uptown stretch is the home to Chicago's Vietnamese community which initially started as a second China Town. In the late 70's the community petitioned the CTA to give the Argyle station its Eastern style architectural makeover.

15. West Loop-LaSalle Street Historic District

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West Van Buren Street & South LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60604

This financial district in Chicago is one of the greatest examples of the city's late 19th/early 20th century Art Deco architecture. The stretch is highly representative of the "Broad Shoulders" that Carl Sandburg wrote about during the early decades of the 1900s.

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1. Kosciuszko Park Field House

2732 North Avers Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647

Located in Logan Square, the tutor revival style "Koz" Park Fieldhouse opened in 1916 and has been largely unchanged ever since.

2732 North Avers Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

2. J.J. Walser House

42 North Central Avenue, Chicago, IL 60644

Located in the Austin neighborhood on the city's far West Side, this two story home built in 1903 and designed by famous Prairie School architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

42 North Central Avenue
Chicago, IL 60644

3. Vesta Accumulator Company Building

2100 South Indiana Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616

This old manufacturing building in the city's Motor Row neighborhood was once the home to the Vesta Accumulator Company, which manufactured automobile parts and remains one of the last remnants of the original "Motor Row".

2100 South Indiana Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616

4. 320 West Oakdale Avenue

320 West Oakdale Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657

This high rise residential building located between Lincoln Park and Lakeview was designed by Milton M. Schwartz and built in 1954. It made the list for being one of the best preserved examples of the Mid-Century Modern movement that took Chicago by storm in the 50's and 60's.

320 West Oakdale Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657

5. The Neuville Apartment Building

232 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL 60611

This early luxury apartment building in Streeterville was erected in 1920 and is representative of the economic boom during the 1920s.

232 East Walton Place
Chicago, IL 60611

6. 42nd Precinct Chicago Police Department

3600 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60613

This old police station is one of the earliest in Chicago. Built in 1907, there are only a couple of other older examples of Chicago Police stations in the city.

3600 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613

7. Bush Temple of Music

100 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654

Built in 1901, the Bush Temple of Music was the location of Bush and Gerts Piano Company, one of the largest and most important piano manufacturers in the world at the time.

100 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654

8. Curtiss-Wright Aeronautical University Building

1342 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

This building was once the home to the first accredited flight school in the Midwest that enrolled black students and hired black flight instructors going back as far as the 1920's and 1930's.

1342 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

9. Passionist Fathers Monastery

5700 North Harlem Avenue, Chicago, IL 60631

Located in Norwood Park, this building is significant for its classic Baroque and Romanesque style detailing. The monastery was once one of the most prominent religious buildings in the Chicago area when it was completed in 1910.

5700 North Harlem Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631

10. Polish Roman Catholic Union of America

984 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642

This building is the home to the oldest Polish American organization in the entire country and the site of the Polish Museum of America.

984 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60642

11. Stony Island Trust & Savings Bank Building

6760 South Stony Island Avenue, Chicago, IL 60649

This old bank building is representative of the rise of community banks in Chicago during the 20's and is a fine example of the popular Classical Revival architectural style from the time.

6760 South Stony Island Avenue
Chicago, IL 60649

12. Storkline Furniture Corporation Factory

4418 West 26th Street, Chicago, IL 60623

The former home of the Storkline Furniture Corporation Factory, the building is significant for its relationship with its former tenant who was one of the earliest and largest manufacturers of furniture for infants and children.

4418 West 26th Street
Chicago, IL 60623

13. Strand Hotel

6315 South Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637

This old hotel in Woodlawn was the home to the Strand Show Lounge, a popular jazz venue from the 1950's and 1960's where some of the country's most famous acts played.

6315 South Cottage Grove Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

14. West Argyle Street Historic District

West Argyle Street & North Winthrop Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640

This Uptown stretch is the home to Chicago's Vietnamese community which initially started as a second China Town. In the late 70's the community petitioned the CTA to give the Argyle station its Eastern style architectural makeover.

West Argyle Street & North Winthrop Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640

15. West Loop-LaSalle Street Historic District

West Van Buren Street & South LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60604

This financial district in Chicago is one of the greatest examples of the city's late 19th/early 20th century Art Deco architecture. The stretch is highly representative of the "Broad Shoulders" that Carl Sandburg wrote about during the early decades of the 1900s.

West Van Buren Street & South LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60604