Robert S. Abbott House

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Robert S. Abbott House
Robert S. Abbott House, 4742 Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago Cook County, Illinois.jpg
Robert S. Abbott House
Robert S. Abbott House is located in Illinois
Robert S. Abbott House
Location 4742 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, IL
Coordinates 41°48′35.96″N 87°36′58.09″W / 41.8099889°N 87.6161361°W / 41.8099889; -87.6161361Coordinates: 41°48′35.96″N 87°36′58.09″W / 41.8099889°N 87.6161361°W / 41.8099889; -87.6161361
Built 1926
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Queen Anne
NRHP Reference # 76000686
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 8, 1976[1]
Designated NHL December 08, 1976[2]

The Robert S. Abbott House is the former home of Robert S. Abbott (1870-1940), founder and publisher of the Chicago Defender newspaper in 1905. It became the largest black-owned newspaper in the country and was considered to represent African Americans. Abbott became one of the few self-made black millionaires in the early 20th century.

His former house is located at 4742 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Grand Boulevard community area of Chicago, Illinois, the building earned National Historic Landmark status in 1976.[2][3][4]

Abbott lived in part of this house from 1926 until his death in 1940.[2]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c "Robert S. Abbott House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-03-02. 
  3. ^ National Register of Historic Places: Illinois - Cook County. National Register of Historic Retrieved on 25 June 2007.
  4. ^ Gomez-Graves, Lynne (June 30, 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Robert S. Abbott House" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 2 photos, exterior, from 1976. (451 KB)

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