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, 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.
The elevator shaft was converted into new bathrooms on each floor, and the morgue is still in the basement.
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.
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.
More Information About the Town of Pullman
Planning the town
4 blueprints of the Market Hall by Solon Beman
The Arcade Journal
Index to the Arcade Journal
The Hotel Florence
The Hotel Florence, ca. 1892
The Arcade, ca. 1910
Arcade Park, ca. 1895
The Pullman Fire Department in front of the Stables
1st Market Hall, 1881-1892
The "Greenstone" Church
The Freight Depot and the Railway Station
The Pullman Freight Depot
Other Pullman Buildings
The Pullman Gas Works
The Pullman House History Project
Maps of Pullman
1897 Sanborn Map
Images of the Town of Pullman
Art & Architecture
Buildings in Pullman
Other Pullman-Related Sites
- Historic Pullman Garden Club - An all-volunteer group that are the current stewards of many of the public green spaces in Pullman. (http://www.hpgc.org/
- Historic Pullman Foundation - The HPF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to "facilitate the preservation and restoration of original structures within the Town of Pullman and to promote public awareness of the significance of Pullman as one of the nation's first planned industrial communities, now a designated City of Chicago, State of Illinois and National landmark district." (http://www.pullmanil.org/)
- National A. Philip Randolph Museum - Preserving and interpreting the memory of Randolph (http://www.aphiliprandolphmuseum.com/
- Pullman Civic Organization - The PCO is a strong and vibrant Community Organization that has been in existence since 1960. (http://www.pullmancivic.org/)
- Pullman National Monument - The official page of the Pullman National Park. (https://www.nps.gov/pull/)
- South Suburban Genealogical & Historical Society - SSG&HS holds the Pullman Collection, consisting of personnel records from Pullman Car Works circa 1900-1949. There are approximately 200,000 individuals represented in the collection. (https://ssghs.org/)
- The Industrial Heritage Archives of Chicago's Calumet Region is an online museum of images that commemorates and celebrates the historic industries and workers of the region, made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act grant administered by the Illinois State Library. (http://www.pullman-museum.org/ihaccr/)
- Illinois Digital Archives (IDA) is a repository for the digital collections libraries and cultural institutions in the State of Illinois and the hosting service for the online images on this site. (http://www.idaillinois.org/)