Essential Architecture-  Chicago South and West

Soldiers' Home

architect

William W. Boyington, for the main (1866) section

location

739 E. 35th St.

date

Built in phases, between 1864 and 1923

style

Italianate

construction

rendered brick

type

Hospital
 
 
   
Chicago's last surviving building with a direct association to the Civil War, Soldiers' Home was constructed at the edge of the Camp Douglas prison camp through the efforts of a women's group. During the war, it was a hospital for convalescent soldiers; following the war, it served as a home for disabled Union Army veterans. The building's earliest sections were designed in an Italianate style by William W. Boyington, the architect of the Old Water Tower. The structure has had several additions since then, most of them surrounding a common light well. 

links

With special thanks to the City of Chicago website, www.egov.cityofchicago.org , for much of the info on this page.
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