Yale Apartments

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The Yale
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The Yale Apartments
Yale Apartments is located in Illinois
Yale Apartments
Location 6565 South Yale Avenue, Chicago, IL
Coordinates 41°46′28.06″N 87°37′53.39″W / 41.7744611°N 87.6314972°W / 41.7744611; -87.6314972Coordinates: 41°46′28.06″N 87°37′53.39″W / 41.7744611°N 87.6314972°W / 41.7744611; -87.6314972
Built 1892
Architect John T. Long
Architectural style Romanesque
NRHP Reference # 98000178 [1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 5, 1998
Designated CL April 9, 2003

The seven story Yale Apartments, also known as The Yale, is an important "first generation" residential high-rise, a building type made possible by advances in building structure and technology, and reflects the great growth in real estate development which typified the city in the 1890s. The building is a large-scale example of Romanesque Revival architecture style popularized by the buildings of Henry H. Richardson, and exhibits excellent craftsmanship in both materials and detailing. The Yale Apartments also possesses a rare interior atrium, ringed with galleries and topped by a glass-and-metal skylight.[2]

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 5, 1998, and later designated a Chicago Landmark on April 9, 2003.[1][2]

The Yale was originally built as luxury apartments for the Chicago Exposition. In the late 30's/early 40's, the empty building was purchased and the interior gutted and converted to studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. One top floor apartment had the addition of a staircase up to a rooftop room referred to as the penthouse.


  1. ^ a b Staff (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Chicago Landmarks - Yale Apartments". Chicago Landmark. City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. 2007-07-23.