Historic Buildings in Bronzeville

Chicagoland has many well-known homes and buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, most notably, Robie House in Hyde Park and Unity Temple in Oak Park. Bronzeville is home to a building conceived by Wright and finished by Perkins, originally called Abraham Lincoln Center, located on Oakwood Boulevard, just west of Cottage Grove. The Center was to be a part of a larger neighborhood center that consisted of All Souls Unitarian Church, which was a project of Wright’s uncle, Jenkin Lloyd Jones. It was to become a community center with an auditorium for worship, a settlement house, and center for education and hospitality for travelers.


The articles of incorporation for the Center state that the purpose was “the advancement of the physical, intellectual, social, civic, moral and religious interests of humanity, irrespective of age, sex, creed, race, condition of political opinion and in furtherance there of the maintenance of institutions of learning and philanthropy.”

Some important historical perspective is provided by Dr. Conrad Worrill in the YouTube video:

Abraham Lincoln Center is currently the home of the Carruther’s Center for Inner City Studies of Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU).

Bernard C. Turner

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