Essential Architecture-  Chicago South and West

Elam House

architect

Henry L. Newhouse

location

4726 S. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr.

date

1903

style

Chateauesque

construction

Stone

type

House
 
 
   
This 32-room, Chateauesque-style mansion was built by Simon L. Marks, the owner of a wholesale custom tailoring company. It was purchased in 1926 by Melissia Ann Elam, who operated it for many years as an elegant boarding house for single, African-American working women. The house was an important community institution when this area was the center of the city's African-American cultural life.

links

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