Essential Architecture-  Chicago Northwest

Jewish People's Institute

architect

Klaber & Grunsfeld

location

3500 W. Douglas Blvd.

date

1927

style

Early Modern massing with NeoRomanesque details

construction

Brick facing

type

Education
 
 
 
This building was the cultural nucleus of Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood during the first half of the 20th century when it was one of the nation's largest Jewish communities. Its classrooms, auditorium, and athletic facilities provided a rich variety of social, recreational and arts activities for generations of both children and adults. Designed by Ernest A. Grunsfeld, Jr., who also designed the Adler Planetarium, the building has a distinctive Byzantine-influenced exterior visually interpreting the Middle-Eastern origins of Judaism.

links

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