Daniel Hale Williams House

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Williams, Dr. Daniel Hale, House
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Dr. Daniel Hale Williams House
Daniel Hale Williams House is located in Illinois
Daniel Hale Williams House
Location 442 E. 42nd Street Chicago, IL
Coordinates 41°49′7.43″N 87°36′54.93″W / 41.8187306°N 87.6152583°W / 41.8187306; -87.6152583Coordinates: 41°49′7.43″N 87°36′54.93″W / 41.8187306°N 87.6152583°W / 41.8187306; -87.6152583
Built 1905
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Queen Anne, Other
NRHP Reference # 75000655 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 15, 1975
Designated NHL May 15, 1975[2]

The Daniel Hale Williams House is the former home of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams (1856-1931), one of the first major African American surgeons. Located at 445 East 42nd Street in Grand Boulevard community area of Chicago Illinois, the building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975.[3]

Dr. Dan as he was known was the first American doctor to perform what would later be known as open heart surgery. He operated on a man who had received a stab wound to the heart. At the time the prevailing practice for dealing with direct wounds to the heart was to let patient die since it was considered impossible to operate directly on the heart.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Williams, Daniel Hale, House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  3. ^ National Historic Landmarks Program - Williams, Daniel Hale, House (2006). Retrieved 25 June 2007.