Historic Pullman: The Intersection of Affordable Housing, Historic Preservation, and the Arts (Mobile Workshop)
Date & Time
Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Aneesha Marwah Kimberly Moore Ann M Alspaugh

Nestled in the South Side of Chicago, the Pullman neighborhood was built in the 1880s as a company town for the eponymous railroad company. Its streets were packed with distinctive rowhouses for rail workers and their families. However, after the deindustrialization of the 1950s, the neighborhood deteriorated and was eventually threatened with demolition. Residents rallied to preserve their unique historic community and secured landmark status to protect the remaining buildings. Over the course of eight years, Artspace, in partnership with Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives and Pullman Arts, transformed dozens of abandoned rowhouses and lots into thirty-six units of affordable live/work housing for artists and their families. In this mobile workshop, we will tour this historic neighborhood and hear from local artists now living in the Pullman Artspace Lofts, as well as community partners who helped bring this vision to fruition. Attendees will also become familiar with challenges associated with revitalization of these lofts, the importance of focusing on elevating BIPOC artists at Pullman, and how this unique opportunity and partnership came together to restore these vacant spaces. 

Session Type
Mobile Workshop