Sunday 4 August 02:20 AM
The Hammer/Palmer Mansion (3654-3656 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive) was constructed between 1885 and 1888 for Justice D. Harry Hammer. Designed by noted architect William Wilson Clay (1849-1926) and his firm of Wheelock & Clay, in the Queen Anne style. Clay and his firms designed many notable mansions on the Near South Side, Kenwood and Hyde Park communities, as well as along such streets as Prairie and Michigan Avenues in the neighborhood we now call Bronzeville.
More recently the Hammer/Palmer Mansion was the home from 1976 to 2004 of the noted African American activist, reporter, writer, and ‘godfather of Chicago black political activism’ Lutrelle ‘Lu’ F. Palmer II (1922-2004) and his wife Jorja English Palmer. The mansion has been vacant in recent years and the structure has fallen into a state of disrepair and there is danger that it will become a victim of demolition by neglect. Instead we hope it is saved, restored and made part of a larger Chicago Landmark District to include all of the buildings and their facades fronting this stretch of King Drive and nearby adjacent streets of Bronzeville. The house is on Preservation Chicago’s list of Most Endangered Buildings. If anyone can get me inside legally to photograph the interior, please DM me. #chicago #chicagogram #artofchicago #timeoutchicago #chicagotribune #chicagogrammers #choosechicago #cschicagosocial #chicagogram #chicagoshot #chicagoist #illinois #enjoyillinois #chicagoig #mychicagopix #chicagogram #insta_chicago #ilovechi #chicagoland #chicagopulse #likechicago #justgoshoot #huffpostgram #likechicago