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Chicago’s historic preservation movement is now more than half a century old. Learn how local landmarking came into being and how its use and impact have gone far beyond preservation, with Chicago’s diverse Third Ward serving as a case study.

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October 14, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the designation of Chicago’s first two landmarks: Glessner House and Clarke House. In celebration of this milestone event, we will explore how landmarking came into being and how its use and impact have gone far beyond preservation. Chicago’s diverse Third Ward, in which the two houses are located, will be used as a case study.

Glessner House Executive Director and Curator Bill Tyre will provide a brief overview of the history of landmarking and the significant work undertaken to preserve both houses. Alderman Pat Dowell will discuss the impact of landmarking in her ward, and how several of those designations have been critical to raising the profile of black history in the city. Jeremi Bryant, an urban planner and resident of the Third Ward, will share his efforts to landmark a district in the 3500 to 3900 blocks of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, and how designation is an effective and essential tool in Chicago’s underserved communities.

Progam Speaker: Jeremi Bryant

With a background in Planning, Preservation and Energy Conservation, Jeremi Bryant has a strong understanding of historic buildings and building materials. His experience includes condition assessments, preparing reports on historic building stock, educating stakeholders on urban planning tools, hands-on millwork restoration and assisting with and spearheading historic resource surveys. Bryant’s experience with analytical observation and attention to detail provide him with a discerning eye. These talents, when combined with his passion for Chicago and appreciation for its culture rich neighborhoods, allow Bryant to fully advocate for historic resources and tell the stories of a community.


Alderman Pat DowellPat Dowell was elected Alderman of the Third Ward of Chicago, Illinois in 2007. She has extensive experience in community development and civic engagement. Prior to becoming an Alderman, she served as a City Planner and Deputy Commissioner for Neighborhood Planning for the City of Chicago. Alderman Dowell was one of the primary architects of the Bronzeville Development Plan - which won a Burnham Award for excellence in planning. Ms. Dowell has a B.A. degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Rochester and a Masters Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.


Bill TyreBill Tyre is the Executive Director and Curator at Glessner House. He’s one of just four full-time staff members who manage and maintain one of Chicago’s most famous homes—now a historic museum. Completed in 1887, Glessner House was saved thanks to preservation efforts that resulted in the formation of both the museum and Chicago Architecture Center in 1966.

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