WIN: Pullman on track to emerge from comprehensive restoration as national tourist attraction

Transfer Pit Corridor. Rendering Credit: Positioning Pullman 2.0
Worker’s Gate Reconstruction: Restoring Pedestrian Access to the Factory Grounds. Rendering Credit: Positioning Pullman 2.0
Overview of Restored Pullman National Monument. Rendering Credit: Positioning Pullman 2.0

“A multimillion-dollar effort to convert a Pullman’s once-thriving industrial corridor into a national tourist attraction is celebrating the progress that’s been made so far — and looking to the future.

“To date, $56 million has been invested in “Positioning Pullman,” a plan created in 2015 to celebrate the rich, complicated history of the community and the people who once lived and worked there during the height of the labor movement.

“Over half of the 30 projects slated for completion on the site surrounding 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave. are either done or in the final stages, including the restoration of the clock tower that will serve as the Pullman National Monument visitor center when it opens in 2021.

“Right now, more than 15,000 people visit Pullman every year. Architect Richard Wilson estimates that number will grow to 300,000 once everything is finished, due largely to its national park designation. When visitors come to the historic site, they’ll learn how industrialist George Pullman’s ambitious experiment to solve poverty and unemployment set the stage for what would become one of the most violent labor uprisings in history.” (Nesbitt Golden, 11/26/19)

Read the full article at Block Club Chicago

$56 Million Pullman National Monument Overhaul Has ‘Turned The Lights Back On’ In Historic South Side Neighborhood; Five years after receiving a national monument designation, Chicago’s national park prepares for its 2021 debut, Jaime Nesbitt Golden, Block Club Chicago, 11/26/19

Positioning Pullman 2.0: A Bright Future for Chicago’s National Park Report, Published in 2015

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