Yale Apartments

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The Yale
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The Yale Apartments
Yale Apartments is located in Chicago
Yale Apartments
Yale Apartments is located in Illinois
Yale Apartments
Yale Apartments is located in the US
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 National Park Service (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.