Essential Architecture-  Chicago Northeast

Henry Gerber House

architect

Unknown

location

1710 N. Crilly Court

date

1885

style

NeoRomanesque

construction

Stone

type

House
 
 
   
Located in the Old Town Triangle Chicago Landmark District, this stone-fronted rowhouse is individually distinguished as the home of pioneering gay civil-rights activist Henry Gerber (1892-1972) between 1924 and 1925. During his residency here, Gerber formed the Society for Human Rights, the first American gay civil-rights organization, whose newsletter, Friendship and Freedom, was the first documented gay civil-rights publication in the United States.

While serving with the U.S. Army of Occupation in Germany from 1920 to 1923, Gerber became active in the emerging German gay civil-rights movement. He may have been involved in the publication of German gay civil-rights periodicals at that time, laying the foundation for his later work in Chicago. Upon his relocation to Chicago, Gerber established the Society for Human Rights with a group of early gay civil-rights advocates who were willing to accept the personal risk of publicly identifying themselves as homosexuals at a time when gay men and lesbians routinely faced discrimination, harassment, and imprisonment.

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