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The Hospital (11217 St. Lawrence Avenue)

This apartment building was converted to a hospital by an addition at the rear of the building and served the Pullman workers for many years.

Postcard of the hospital
Postcard of the Hospital, ca. 1915.

It has been returned to its original use as a private dwelling and undergone substantial renovations.

Letterhead of the Pullman Hospital Association, 1915
Letterhead of the Pullman Hospital Association, 1915.

The elevator shaft was converted into new bathrooms on each floor, and the morgue is still in the basement.

The Gasworks

Gas Works, 1882

Athletic Island & the Grandstand

Pullman's Athletic Island, the setting for regatas, races and other public athletic events. The brainchild of Nathan Barrett, the island was composed of fill from construction of the town and was an integral part of Pullman life until the death of George Pullman. When town maintenance decreased, the timbers rotted out soon after and the stands were demolished in 1898. It was replaced by a railroad roundhouse, Beman's last Pullman building.

Athletic Island

The Casino

The Casino, 1883

The Spanish-American Curled Hair Company

Entrepreneurial residents, according to the Daily News, March 14, 1884, formed a corporation called the Spanish-American Curled Hair Corporation. Its business was to import Spanish moss from Louisiana, clean it, process it, and sell it for mattress and furniture cushion padding. It was well capitalized, with initial assets of $100,000, including an investment of $10,000 from the Pullman Land Association (the holding company for the town of Pullman itself). The corporation actually built a factory in Pullman for $35,000. The company went out of business- and unfortunately lost all of its investors' money- because they could not compete against horsehair stuffing providers.

Ad for the Spanish-American Curled Hair Company, 1883.

Curled into Kinks. Hyde Park Herald, January 12, 1884, p. 15.

Curled into Kinks. Hyde Park Herald, March 15, 1887, p. 7.


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More Information About the Town of Pullman

Planning the town

4 blueprints of the Market Hall by Solon Beman

The Hotel Florence

The Hotel Florence, ca. 1892

The Arcade

The Arcade, ca. 1910

Arcade Park

Arcade Park, ca. 1895

The Stables

The Pullman Fire Department in front of the Stables

Market Hall

1st Market Hall, 1881-1892

Area Churches

The "Greenstone" Church

Area Schools

Pullman School

The Freight Depot and the Railway Station

The Pullman Freight Depot

Other Pullman Buildings

The Pullman Gas Works

The Pullman House History Project

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Maps of Pullman

1897 Sanborn Map