Stephen A. Douglas Tomb

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This article is about the south side Chicago Memorial and Tomb for Stephen Douglas. For the west side Chicago Park, see Douglas Park (Chicago). For other uses, see Douglas Park (disambiguation).
Douglas Tomb State Memorial
Stephen Arnold Douglas tomb.jpg

636 E. 35th Street

Chicago, Illinois 60616
Coordinates 41°49′53.93″N 87°36′30.44″W / 41.8316472°N 87.6084556°W / 41.8316472; -87.6084556Coordinates: 41°49′53.93″N 87°36′30.44″W / 41.8316472°N 87.6084556°W / 41.8316472; -87.6084556
Built 1861
Architect Leonard W. Volk
Architectural style No Style Listed
NRHP Reference # 76000689 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 28, 1976
Designated CL September 28, 1977

The Stephen A. Douglas Tomb and Memorial or Stephen Douglas Monument Park is located at 636 E. 35th Street in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois (part of the city's Douglas community), near the site of the Union Army and prisoner of war Camp Douglas. A ten-foot statue of the man best remembered for debating Abraham Lincoln over slavery stands atop a 46 ft column of white marble from his native state, Vermont. Douglas died from typhoid fever on June 3, 1861 in Chicago, where he was buried on the shore of Lake Michigan. The site was afterwards bought by the state of Illinois, and the imposing monument by Leonard Volk was built over his grave. The cornerstone was laid in 1861 and the tomb was completed in 1881. The site was designated a Chicago Landmark on September 28, 1977.[2]

The tomb is maintained by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency as a state historic site.


  1. ^ Staff (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Stephen A. Douglas Tomb". City of Chicago. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 

External links[edit]

Douglas monument from Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views