A Project by
the Museology Class
Chicago's South Chicago Architecture
South Chicago Home Page
Block History 8900 Exchange
 Block Chart 8900 Exchange
CNT Chart 8900 Exchange
Curriculum Materials 
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. 

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