South Chicago Architecture Welcome
Students have selected one representative block
in each of the communities of Chicago's Southeast Side. The block
was chosen to illustrate various styles of residential architecture common
in the particular community. The 8900 block of Exchange Avenue was
chosen for the South Chicago community. Most of the surrounding area
was developed during the growth years of United States Steel South Works
which first opened in 1880. By the turn of the century, large numbers
of people, many of them immigrants, came to South Chicago seeking the jobs
in area mills and in need of housing. Many lived in house, two flats,
and apartments similar to those on the 8900 block of Exchange Avenue.
Information for the "Block Chart" was derived from city building permits
and is somewhat incomplete. The CNT chart was developed from information
from the Center for Neighborhood Technology web site. Images were
taken with a digital camera by the students who worked on this project.
Click on the links at the left to tour
Chicago's South Chicago Community.