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Jane Addams' Hull-House and Dining Hall

Settlement active from 1889 to 1963

 
 
Jane Addam's Hull-House and Dining Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 10, 2007
1. Jane Addam's Hull-House and Dining Hall Marker
Inscription.  Here, in 1899, Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr started what became the most influential social settlement in America. It eventually consisted of several buildings around this house which had been built in 1856 by Charles Hull. The Dining Hall and Hull-House itself, reconstructed in 1967, remain as a memorial to the work of these women.

Designated a Chicago Landmark on June 12, 1974 by the City Council of Chicago. Richard J. Daley, Mayor

Commission on Chicago Historical and Architectural Landmarks
 
Erected 1974 by Commission on Chicago Historical and Architectural Landmarks.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkWomen. In addition, it is included in the Illinois, Chicago Landmarks Commission series list.
 
Location. 41° 52.296′ N, 87° 38.844′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker is at the intersection of South Halsted Street and West Polk Street, on the right when traveling south on
Jane Addam's Hull-House and Dining Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 10, 2007
2. Jane Addam's Hull-House and Dining Hall Marker
South Halsted Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 South Halsted Street, Chicago IL 60607, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jane Addams' Hull House (here, next to this marker); Juvenile Court of Cook County Building (a few steps from this marker); Paul Muni (approx. 0.3 miles away); Maxwell Street (approx. half a mile away); Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini (approx. half a mile away); St. Patrick's Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Charles R. Walgreen Sr. (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mary Bartelme, Illinois’ First Female Judge (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hull House Museum. (Submitted on December 14, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Hull House. Wikipedia entry (Submitted on December 14, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

3. Charles J. Hull House, 800 South Halsted Street, Chicago, Cook County, IL. The Historic American Buildings Survey record for the Hull House. According to the statement of significance: The Charles J. Hull mansion, an architecturally interesting example of Italianate Victorian architecture constructed in 1856, did not actually take on significance until 1889, when Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr began using it as a settlement house. Here they established one of the earliest and certainly the best known of all social settlements. The house is a National Historic Landmark. (Submitted on December 15, 2012.)
Jane Addam's Hull-House and Dining Hall image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 10, 2007
3. Jane Addam's Hull-House and Dining Hall
 
 
Jane Addams image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 2, 2011
4. Jane Addams
This 1906 portrait of Jane Addams by George de Forest Brush hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

“Jane Addams was among the first of the college­ educated women of the late nineteenth century to escape the social and cultural constraints limiting professional women to teaching and missionary work. As low wages, long hours, and wretched living conditions became the norm for America's urban industrial workers, many, including Addams, were disturbed by the specter of a permanently oppressed lower class ruled by a privileged elite. Having admired settlement houses (neighborhood social welfare centers) in London, Addams in 1889 established Hull-House in a Chicago slum, the second settlement house in the United States. Within a decade, it offered practical education and a myriad of opportunities to the poor. With the sponsorship of Chicago's wealthy women, Hull-House became the most influential and innovative of the 400 settlement houses in the United States before World War I.” — National Portrait Gallery
Hull House Art Classes WPA poster (1938) image. Click for full size.
By Federal Arts Project, WPA Illinois, 1938
5. Hull House Art Classes WPA poster (1938)
From the Works Project Administration Poster Collection of the Library of Congress, this silkscreened poster for art classes at the Hull House depicts a budding plant, an artist's palette, and a bird.
Founding Gifts image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 16, 2016
6. Founding Gifts
to the
Jame Addams Memorial Fund
Chicago Community Trust
Robert McCormick Foundation
Joseph and Helen Regenstein Foundation
W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation
Wieboldt Foundation
Plaque mounted above this marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 19, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 14, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 744 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 14, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on June 12, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   5. submitted on December 15, 2012.   6. submitted on November 18, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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