National Trust for Historic Preservation Declares Pullman one of America’s National Treasures

Statement by Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Today, Sen. Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Kirk (R-IL), and Rep. Kelly (D-IL) announced their intention to introduce legislation that would designate the Pullman Historic District as Chicago’s first national park. The following is a statement by National Trust for Historic Preservation president Stephanie Meeks.

“This is a great day for one of America’s most significant historic places, and we applaud Sens. Durbin and Kirk, and Rep. Kelly, for their leadership on the legislative effort to establish the Pullman Historic District as Chicago’s first national park. 

“Establishing Pullman as a national historical park would strengthen and enhance the significant investments from the State of Illinois, and build on the good stewardship of Pullman by the City of Chicago and many neighborhood organizations. While the Trust has long supported these preservation efforts at Pullman, we are announcing today that we have named it our newest National Treasure. National Treasures are a portfolio of highly-significant historic places throughout the country where the National Trust makes a long-term commitment to finding a preservation solution. Working with the National Parks Conservation Association and many other partners, the Trust is pledging to stay involved until Pullman receives the recognition it so richly deserves.  

“The story of George Pullman’s planned industrial town is well-known to students of American history, but the remarkably intact community he built in the late 19th century deserves national recognition and increased economic development opportunities. Designating Pullman as a national historical park would significantly raise awareness of this amazing historic place—broadening its appeal to tourists and encouraging continued redevelopment of the neighborhood’s many historic buildings. We look forward to working with our preservation allies—along with thousands of people who care about the history of this place—as we work to strengthen and promote this iconic piece of American history.”




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