Prairie Avenue District

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Prairie Avenue District
Glessner House.jpg
The John J. Glessner House by Henry Hobson Richardson is located within the Prairie Avenue District.
Prairie Avenue District is located in Chicago metropolitan area
Prairie Avenue District
Prairie Avenue District is located in Illinois
Prairie Avenue District
Prairie Avenue District is located in the United States
Prairie Avenue District
LocationChicago, Illinois
Coordinates41°51′26″N 87°37′19″W / 41.85722°N 87.62194°W / 41.85722; -87.62194Coordinates: 41°51′26″N 87°37′19″W / 41.85722°N 87.62194°W / 41.85722; -87.62194
ArchitectHenry Hobson Richardson; et al.
Architectural styleRenaissance, Other, Romanesque
NRHP reference #72000452 [1]
Significant dates
Designated HDNovember 15, 1972[1]
Designated CLDecember 27, 1979

The Prairie Avenue District is a historic district in the Near South Side community area of Chicago, Illinois. It includes the 1800 and 1900 blocks of South Prairie Avenue and the 1800 block of South Indiana, and 211-217 East Cullerton.[3] It was the site of the Battle of Fort Dearborn and became the city's most fashionable residential district after the Great Chicago Fire.[3] It was designated a Chicago Landmark on December 27, 1979.[3] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 15, 1972. The John J. Glessner House, designed by Henry Hobson Richardson in 1885–1886 at 1800 S. Prairie Avenue, has been restored as a historic house museum and is open for public tours. In 2006, the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance, a non-profit organization was formed to provide representation for thousands of South Loop residents, including the Prairie District, Central Station and Museum Park, Motor Row, the South Michigan Ave Corridor, as well as other areas of the Near South Side.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ "The Prairie Avenue Historic District". Chicago - Architecture & Cityscape. September 4, 2009. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Prairie Avenue District". City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. 2003. Archived from the original on June 7, 2007. Retrieved May 12, 2007.

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