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Pullman National Monument

Pullman National Monument is a must-see treasure of Chicago’s south side. The formerly independent industrial town, now a landmark Chicago neighborhood, was entrusted to the National Park Service in February 2015 through a presidential proclamation.

The town of Pullman has important historic significance to Chicago and the United States as a whole. Pullman was the setting for the evolution of industrial manufacturing and railroad transportation, the advancement of town planning, architecture, and landscape architecture, the establishment of US labor law, and the advancement of civil liberties for African Americans following the abolition of slavery. The Pullman Company produced railcars at the site until the late 1950s and its last lightweight passenger cars in 1965. The company continued to market and build cars for commuter rail and subway service and Superliners for Amtrak as late as the late 1970s and early 1980s. Decades of community advocacy and determination to save the site has led to a $35 million renovation project to transform the iconic Clock Tower and the surrounding 12-acre campus.

Pullman National Monument Visitor Center

The project converts 12-acres and 27,000 square-feet of abandoned buildings and grounds. Chicago’s only National Park now draws visitors and national attention, creating new jobs and economic opportunities that are strengthening the local economy. Since its opening in September 2021, the project has attracted more than 300,000 visitors. The Visitor’s Center program introduces visitors to America’s civil rights and labor movements and encourages them to explore the Pullman community and attend other cultural programs hosted offsite at the Pullman Artspace Lofts or the A. Randolph Pullman Porter Museum.

The project has been a catalyst for further development in the Pullman community.  There are now plans to garner and invest additional resources to renovate the vacant Hotel Florence, the North Wing and Rear Erecting Shops at the Factory Grounds, and other buildings to help bring the stories of Pullman’s history alive for the hundreds of thousands of visitors who visit national parks each year.  More than $60 million in funds has already been allocated for infrastructure and transportation improvements in the area, which also will benefit more than 50,000 neighborhood residents and create additional economic opportunities in the region.

In addition to these future projects, efforts are underway to develop a new hotel on the remaining two-and-a-half acres of the former Ryerson Steel site, near the Visitor Center, which will help attract more people and businesses to the community and create more jobs.  It is also expected that public agencies such as Metra, Chicago Department of Transportation, CTA, and others will parlay the work done on site to provide greater access to the site and to other communities for Pullman/Roseland residents.

Positioning Pullman

Prior to the rehabilitation of the site, a team comprised of forty volunteer architects, landscape architects, city planners, economists, and engineers assembled with Pullman community stakeholders to develop a roadmap for improvement and operations. A 3-day workshop was held to engage the community, with more than 500 people attending. Discussions were organized around four topics:  Park Experience, Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse, Access and Connections, and Community Development.

The workshop weekend began with a well-attended community meeting at the historic Greenstone Church to introduce the planning process and have one-on-one discussions with members of the design team. The following day, the team worked at the historic Hotel Florence envisioning design and policy concepts to enhance the function and appearance of Pullman, while addressing business and job growth, environmental stewardship, and regional connectivity.

On the last day of the workshop, a public open house in the north wing of the historic Pullman Factory building offered the opportunity for the technical teams to talk through their findings and report out on their recommendations with the community. The conversations then centered on fine tuning the content, aligning goals and priorities, and identifying stakeholders that can help advance implementation.

Based upon public feedback from the open house, AS+GG refined the workshop materials and prepared an “Ideas Book” of design and community enhancement recommendations. The book includes an action plan with 35 projects paired with lead entities, order-of-magnitude costs, and priority considerations. The book is publicly available via Issue here.

14 apr 22 | ASCE.org
Pullman’s ‘company town’ is being restored in Chicago
George Pullman came to Chicago in 1855 and went to work jacking up buildings downtown to improve the swampy city’s drainage... MORE

25 oct 21 | The Architect's Newspaper
The restoration of Chicago’s former Pullman Company Town commemorates a pivotal site of progressive American labor
When Andrea Terry, a principal at the Chicago architecture firm Bauer Latoza Studio began working on the renovation of the Pullman Administration Clock Tower Building in 2017, it had no floor, lots of racoons, and trees growing inside... MORE

20 feb 20 | Chicago Tribune
Five years after monument designation, Pullman finally has the money to fulfill park’s potential
Five years ago, then-President Barack Obama designated the historic Pullman neighborhood a national monument... MORE

26 oct 18 | Chicago Magazine
Pullman's Renaissance
New industrial development and investment from the National Park Service are helping to rejuvenate the iconic South Side neighborhood... MORE

24 may 17 | The Architect's Newspaper
Bauer Latoza Studio and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill tapped for Pullman National Monument Visitor Center
While the uncanny South Side Chicago neighborhood of Pullman may not look too different since it was named a National Monument in 2015, that is all about to change... MORE

7 nov 16  | Chicago Tribune
Planning an ambitious future for Pullman
Possibly in 2018, the Chicago Humanities Festival session on the past, present and future of the freshly minted Pullman National Monument could actually happen in a Pullman Historic District structure... MORE

2 nov 16  | Chicago Reader
Transforming Pullman into a national park
The Positioning Pullman project aims to ease the south-side neighborhood’s transition... MORE

28 oct 15  | Curbed Chicago
Imagining a Future Pullman National Park Campus
Now that the South Side's Pullman Historic District has officially been recognized as a National Monument for eight months, a team of stakeholders led by the National Parks Conservation Association and American Institute of Architects Chicago have released a blue print for what could become a new national park campus... MORE

17 may 16 | Newcity
A Lot You Got to Holler, Episode 5: Pullman's Past, Present, and Future
The neighborhood of Pullman on Chicago’s far South Side is a crucible of architectural, labor, industrial and civil rights history. It’s also a national monument, with big plans for renovation and redevelopment on the horizon... LISTEN

5 may 15  | Newcity
The Pullman Plan: Place-Making a New (and Old) National Monument
Pullman National Monument, the new national park on Chicago’s South Side, tells a compelling story of urban design, industry and labor, and a movement to honor the cultural identity of a community... MORE

1 may 15  | Chicago Architecture
A Pullman Update: The Future Takes Shape With Community Planning Session
For years, the Pullman Historic District was positioned as the next logical addition to the National Park System. It finally happened on Feb. 19 when President Obama visited the site to officially make the designation... MORE

16 apr 15  | Chicago Tribune
Workshop kicks off to plot Pullman monument's future
In the two months since President Barack Obama named the Pullman factory district the city's first national monument, Chicagoans have been left to ponder what that designation will mean... MORE

14 apr 15  | DNA Info
Planners Dreaming Up What's Next for Pullman National Monument
Ever since President Barack Obama designated my neighborhood a national monument, there’s been one monumental unanswered question hovering over the historic district: Now what? ... MORE

National Park Service – Owner, Pullman Administration Building
Illinois Department of Natural Resources – Owner, Pullman State Historic Site
Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives – Project Executive

Bauer Latoza Studio, Ltd. – Historic Preservation Architecture, Team Lead
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture – Site Design Lead
Site Design Group – Landscape Architecture
DAI Environmental, Inc. – Environmental Engineering
Quinn Evans – Cultural Landscape
WSP USA – Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Technology Engineering
Stephen J. Kelley, Inc – Historic Preservation Specialist, Structural Engineering
ALO Engineering – Structural Engineering

CRH Advisors LLC | Daccord LLC – Owner’s Representative
SPACECO, Inc. – Site Supervisor
W.E. O’Neil – General Contractor


The National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Preservation Awards, Pullman National Monument

The Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award, Pullman National Monument

Landmarks Illinois, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards, Pullman National Monument


ASLA National Awards, Honor Award in Analysis and Planning, Positioning Pullman


Metropolitan Planning Council, Burnham Award, The Transforming Community of Pullman

Architect's Newspaper, Best of Design Awards, Urban Design, Honorable Mention, Positioning Pullman

AIA Chicago, Regional and Urban Design Awards, Citation of Merit, Positioning Pullman

APA-IL Chapter Awards, Strategic Plan, Positioning Pullman

AIA Illinois, 2016 Daniel Burnham Award, Positioning Pullman

The Chicago Athenaeum, Green Good Design Award, Green Urban Planning, Positioning Pullman (The Pullman National Monument Redevelopment Plan)