Essential Architecture-  Chicago South and West

Ida B. Wells - Barnett House

architect

Joseph A. Thain

location

3624 S. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr.

date

1889

style

mix of Romanesque Revival  and Queen Anne

construction

Stone

type

House
 
 
   
From 1919 to 1930, this was the home of journalist-civil rights activist Ida Bell Wells and her lawyer-journalist husband, Ferdinand Lee Barnett. Wells' outspoken criticism--in her weekly newspaper columns--of lynching and mob violence stirred the nation, and brought international attention to racially motivated brutality. This residence, the only direct physical link to Wells' life in Chicago, incorporates elements of the Romanesque Revival and Queen Anne styles of architecture.

links

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