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Hyde Park Historical Society Headquarters

Hyde Park Historical Society is housed in a building which originally was a waiting room for cable car personnel.

The History of Hyde Park

The history of Hyde Park begins with the arrival in Chicago of a young lawyer, Paul Cornell. He was descended from a family which first arrived in the “New World” in 1638. His cousin, Ezra Cornell, was the founder of Cornell University. Cornell saw the potential in the land along Lake Michigan south of the [...]

Ferris Wheel in the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

The Society is delighted to present this wonderful description of the Life and Death of Chicago's great Ferris Wheel of 1893. It was written by Patrick Meehan in 1964 while he was a 4th year Mechanical Engineering student at the University of British Columbia. His paper was published at that time in The UBC Engineer [...]

Paul Cornell- Founder of Hyde Park

Paul Cornell - Founder of Hyde Park 1822-1904 Born in 1822 of a distinguished New England family, Paul Cornell was a cousin of Ezra Cornell, the founder of Cornell University. He came to Chicago in 1847. A lawyer and entrepreneur, he became friendly with many of the leading citizens of the rising new [...]

White City

This is but a short introduction to the precursors and environments that set into motion the events and circumstances that led to arguably the greatest World event to date. More detailed information can be accessed by reading about the stories of the people who took part in the politics and planning itself. International expositions can [...]

Robie House

The Frederick C. Robie House is a U.S. National Historic Landmark on the campus of the University of Chicago in the neighborhood of Hyde Park in Chicago, Illinois, at 5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue on the South Side. It was designed and built between 1908 and 1910 by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and is renowned as [...]

Shoreland

Opening in 1926, the Shoreland hosted distinguished guests like Elvis Presley, Amelia Earhart, and Al Capone, as well as the University’s own Milton Friedman (A.M. ’33) during its time as a hotel. It was an important entertainment spot in Hyde Park for many years, hosting many banquets, weddings, and bar mitzvahs. In 1976, the University [...]

HPHS 2015 Annual Gala

Program Master of Ceremonies, Jay Mulberry President’s Report, Michal Safar Tribute to Devereux Bowly, Clyde Watkins 2015 Paul Cornell Award Neil Harris for enriching the cultural life of Hyde Park Presented by Ruth Knack 2015 Marian & Leon Despres Preservation Award

Marian & Leon Despres Preservation Award 2015

2015 Paul Cornell Award Neil Harris Neil Harris has spent much of his academic career recording the history of the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhood, and making it accessible to his students and the broader public. He has actively promoted local history and education by participating in all sorts of programs and panels. His impressive title, [...]

Marian & Leon Despres Preservation Award 2014

Harper Theater and the Shoreland Hotel. Shoreland The first award was presented to MAC Property Management for the redevelopment of the historic Shoreland Hotel. Opening in 1926, the Shoreland hosted distinguished guests like Elvis Presley, Amelia Earhart, and Al Capone, as well as the University’s own Milton Friedman (A.M. ’33) during its time [...]