To sites 5, 6, and 7
North to 99th Street, west (left) to Ewing Avenue
South to 100th Street and Indianapolis Boule vard
Park on Fitzgibbons Drive next to the East Side Mural along the viaduct if you wish to view the sculpture on the site. South on Ewing to 103rd Street
East to Avenue G
|Bethlehem Lutheran Church|
|Holy Thursday, 1918|
|5) Hummel Square
(100th Street & Indianapolis Boulevard)
Hummel Square is named after a famous early East Side resident by the name of Ernst Hummel. It has been the site of various memorials and monuments. The East Side train station was located there in the early years of the century. After the station was moved a WW I cannon served as a veteran's memorial. A welcome center was built on the site for the 1933 Century of Progress Exposition. Currently a tank and veteran's memorial and sculpture, which interprets the history of the area, are on the site. A mural painted by local students is also visible.
|6) Bethlehem Lutheran
Church (103rd and Avenue H)
Lutherans organized the first church in 1874. The district was then known as Colehour, after a local real estate developer, over a century ago to fill the spirital needs of a community of devout German-Americans in Colehour. It is the oldest church in the East Side community. Frederick A. Eggers, was the leader who established the church. On March 28, 1918 (Holy Thursday), the second church to occupy the site, was destroyed by a fire. The fire was discovered shortly before one o'clock, spread with great rapidity and within half an hour the entire building was a mass of flames. The firemen, despairing of saving the structure, turned their attention to saving the adjoining buildings. Three firemen were injured in the blaze. The steeple fell at about 2:15 in the afternoon. Amazingly, no one was hurt. A few days later, on Easter Sunday, the congregation resolved to build a new church and school.
7) Colehour House
The Colehour House is located at 10261 S. Avenue H. It is claimed to be the oldest house in the neighborhood. It is estimated that the house dates back to the 1870's. In 1873, Charles Colehour and Douglas Taylor developed an ironworkers subdivision near Silicon Steel Company land on the Calumet River. That same year a railroad station on the Michigan and Southern line opened at 100th street and Ewing Avenue, and Colehour built the Ewing House Hotel (demolished). The style shows a strong vertical emphasis common in Chicago residential architechture of the period.