Pullman House Project

Pullman House Project The Pullman House Project will use selected Pullman housing units to tell the stories of Pullman's workers at the places where they lived. The Thomas Dunbar House and the Honeymoon Row flats are the first.
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The Pullman House Project is currently comprised of 2 Pullman dwelling units - an Executive House and a Worker's Flat. The Pullman House Project is in development and does not currently have regular hours. It is expected that the project will be open to the public in late 2021. Thomas Dunbar was born in Scotland in 1864. He immigrated to the US in 1885 to work as a carpenter for the Pullman Palace Car Company. He returned to Scotland in 1887 to marry Jessie M Rosie, a dressmaker. Thomas and Jessie returned to the US in January 1888, arriving in New York on the ship Servia from Liverpool. They returned to Pullman and took up residence in an apartment at 200 Stephenson Street in the Town of Pullman. They lived there until 1896, having three children, Donald in 1889, Thomas in 1891 and Bessie in 1893. During this time Thomas Dunbar was rising through the ranks of the company. In 1896 he was promoted to Foreman and moved his young family into a single family row house at 103 Watt Ave. By 1900 Dunbar had been appointed to one of Pullman's highest positions - Superintendant of the Pullman Car Works. Along with his promotion he and his family moved into one of the Pullman's Executive Houses. The family was joined by a live-in servant, Alice Wibalda an immigrant from Holland. As Superintendant of the Works, Thomas Dunbar oversaw the manufacture of the world famous Pullman Palace Cars during the period of time when passenger railcar manufacture converted from wood framed cars to steel framed cars. We have interpreted the Thomas Dunbar House to reflect life as the Dunbars might have lived it in this Pullman house. The Honeymoon Row Flats interpret living conditions for Pullman's working families. These apartments were among the smallest in Pullman at just 450 square feet, with a living room and 2 bedrooms. Each unit had a sink with running water and a toilet room for each apartment. We have interpretted how these apartments might have been furnished for a small family. Tenants in these units have included blacksmiths, painters, cabinet makers, laborers and even a shoe repairman. One of the families living on Honeymoon Row was that of John Davidson, a painter and brother in law of Thomas Dunbar. The Pullman House Project will interpret these units in 3 periods - 1890-1910, the World War I era, and the World War II era.

Operating as usual

Veterans Day 2020 - never forget that we can only be free because of the brave. Remember a soldier who fought for you, e...
11/10/2020

Veterans Day 2020 - never forget that we can only be free because of the brave. Remember a soldier who fought for you, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

10/06/2020
Historic Pullman Virtual House Tour Celebration

In any other year over 100 volunteers and homeowners would be adding final touches to the houses and gardens of Pullman getting ready for what looks to be a perfect fall weekend in Pullman, and the 47th Annual Pullman House Tour. But this year is different. Because of concerns over Covid-19 and to make sure our homeowners, volunteers and guests are safe, the in person tour this year has been cancelled. Instead, we have prepared a virtual celebration, so take your walking shoes off, find a comfy chair and turn up the sound as you join our 2020 Virtual Tour of Pullman.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1syu705XVps

The Pullman House Project is currently comprised of 2 Pullman dwelling units - an Executive House and a Worker's Flat. T...
09/09/2020

The Pullman House Project is currently comprised of 2 Pullman dwelling units - an Executive House and a Worker's Flat. The Pullman House Project is in development and does not currently have regular hours. It is expected that the project will be open to the public in late 2021.

Thomas Dunbar was born in Scotland in 1864. He immigrated to the US in 1885 to work as a carpenter for the Pullman Palace Car Company. He returned to Scotland in 1887 to marry Jessie M Rosie, a dressmaker. Thomas and Jessie returned to the US in January 1888, arriving in New York on the ship Servia from Liverpool. They returned to Pullman and took up residence in an apartment at 200 Stephenson Street in the Town of Pullman. They lived there until 1896, having three children, Donald in 1889, Thomas in 1891 and Bessie in 1893.

During this time Thomas Dunbar was rising through the ranks of the company. In 1896 he was promoted to Foreman and moved his young family into a single family row house at 103 Watt Ave. By 1900 Dunbar had been appointed to one of Pullman's highest positions - Superintendant of the Pullman Car Works. Along with his promotion he and his family moved into one of Pullman's Executive Houses. The family was joined by a live-in servant, Alice Wibalda an immigrant from Holland. As Superintendant of the Works, Thomas Dunbar oversaw the manufacture of the world famous Pullman Palace Cars during the period of time when passenger railcar manufacture converted from wood framed cars to steel framed cars. We have interpreted the Thomas Dunbar House to reflect life as the Dunbars might have lived it in this Pullman house.

The Honeymoon Row Flats interpret living conditions for Pullman's working families. These apartments were among the smallest in Pullman at just 450 square feet, with a living room and 2 bedrooms. Each unit had a sink with running water and a toilet room for each apartment. We have interpretted how these apartments might have been furnished for a small family. Tenants in these units have included blacksmiths, painters, cabinet makers, laborers and even a shoe repairman. One of the families living on Honeymoon Row was that of John Davidson, a painter and brother in law of Thomas Dunbar. The Pullman House Project will interpret these units in 3 periods - 1890-1910, the World War I era, and the World War II era.
photo credit © James Caulfield
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New front parlor rug for the Thomas Dunbar House.
09/04/2020

New front parlor rug for the Thomas Dunbar House.

Historic Pullman Foundation
08/15/2020

Historic Pullman Foundation

Dear Senators Durbin and Duckworth and Congresswoman Kelly,

The Historic Pullman Foundation's Friends and Members strongly support Chicago’s only national park – Pullman National Monument. We thank you for your continued support of Pullman and of all our national parks and especially thank you for introducing bills (S 2896 and HR 5420) that rename Pullman to “Pullman National Historical Park,” the designation we were all working together to create in 2014.

The bill contains all the provisions from the original legislation designed to help the National Park Service work more closely with partners in Pullman on behalf of historic preservation. Renaming Pullman to be a National Historical Park will more accurately describe what visitors come to experience – a part of our history that honors uniquely American stories, including the role of railroads in America’s industrial past, the formation of the first African-American labor union, and development of the country’s first model industrial town.

By "liking" this post we express our support to move this bill into law during the 116th Congress.

Since Covid has forced closures and the difficult decision to suspend the annual Pullman House Tour, we will be turning ...
08/05/2020

Since Covid has forced closures and the difficult decision to suspend the annual Pullman House Tour, we will be turning lemons into lemonade and doing a dining room redecoration. Step one was removing the modern parquet flooring to get ready for the restoration of the original fir flooring. (See photo of restored kitchen floor to give you an idea how it will look). Check back from time to time for progress.

Vintage day dress to add to the collection. It’s very fragile but will be a nice addition to the Dunbar House display.
03/25/2020

Vintage day dress to add to the collection. It’s very fragile but will be a nice addition to the Dunbar House display.

03/13/2020
Historic Pullman Foundation

Historic Pullman Foundation

THE HISTORIC PULLMAN FOUNDATION'S OPERATIONS AT THE PULLMAN NATIONAL MONUMENT SHARED VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE BEGININNG MARCH 14.

In light of the deteriorating conditions across the country and in our region, we will temporarily close the Pullman National Monument Shared Visitor Information Center effective at the close of business today, March 13 and through March 31st when we will reevaluate the situation. The health and safety of our volunteers, staff, visitors and community are our highest priority.

We will be contacting all currently scheduled tour coordinators to either arrange for reimbursement of deposits or to reschedule group tours to a later date.

We will continue to monitor information being provided by the City of Chicago and Illinois public health officials and will update our website and pages with any new developments.

We are so excited to have recently recieved this beautiful vintage linen and lace bedcover for the bed in the Dunbar bed...
02/12/2020

We are so excited to have recently recieved this beautiful vintage linen and lace bedcover for the bed in the Dunbar bedroom. Many thanks to our donors Roger and Sheryl Wiers. Roger is one of our fabulous volunteer tour guides. As a retired educator Roger brings great perspective and experience.

We are continuing to acquire objects for our Pullman House Project- Honeymoon Row Worker’s flats. This sweet little high...
01/17/2020

We are continuing to acquire objects for our Pullman House Project- Honeymoon Row Worker’s flats. This sweet little high chair will find a home in the 1930-50 unit.

Thomas Dunbar House
01/05/2020

Thomas Dunbar House

Under the tree for the Dunbars was this fabulous tutorial and music book!! We hope your holidays have been joyous and th...
12/30/2019

Under the tree for the Dunbars was this fabulous tutorial and music book!! We hope your holidays have been joyous and that the new year will fulfill your wishes.

2020!
12/30/2019

2020!

Thomas Dunbar House
12/25/2019

Thomas Dunbar House

Some new photos of the Dunbar House, in particular showcasing the lovely Eastlake pieces recently added to the collectio...
12/19/2019

Some new photos of the Dunbar House, in particular showcasing the lovely Eastlake pieces recently added to the collection.

The Dunbar’s got an early Christmas 🎁 Thank you Sue M.
12/13/2019

The Dunbar’s got an early Christmas 🎁 Thank you Sue M.

12/11/2019

We are a proud supporter of our Pullman House Project partner the Historic Pullman Foundation.

So exciting! Bessie has a new rug for her bedroom.
09/30/2019

So exciting! Bessie has a new rug for her bedroom.

The Dunbars have a new table. You can see it on the House Tour. October 12 and 13
09/16/2019

The Dunbars have a new table. You can see it on the House Tour. October 12 and 13

09/03/2019
Historic Pullman Foundation

Join us for the 2019 Pullman House Tour and visit thePullman House Project's Thomas Dunbar House and the Honeymoon Row flat to see what we've been up to this past year.

Watch and listen as Author Jack Kelly (Edge of Anarchy) describes Pullman and promotes the 2019 Annual Pullman House Tour

Join us for the 46th annual Pullman House Tour! October 12 and 13. Tickets can be purchased at https://pullmanhousetour2019.brownpapertickets.com

Historic Pullman Foundation
08/30/2019

Historic Pullman Foundation

Monday is laundry day in Pullman... join us on Labor Day as we celebrate Women and Labor in Pullman. The Pullman House Project will celebrate the hardest working women in Pullman, the housewife. Learn how our foremothers did household laundry before the modern washer and dryer. Can you guess what these object were used for?

The Dunbar House has a new dining room table. This beautiful Eastlake table was recently donated.
05/22/2019

The Dunbar House has a new dining room table. This beautiful Eastlake table was recently donated.

12/12/2018

The Thomas Dunbar House and the Honeymoon Row Flat are the first two exhibits in the Pullman House Project

The Pullman House Project is getting ready for the Candlelight Tour. The Dunbar House decorations are ready and the Hone...
12/06/2018

The Pullman House Project is getting ready for the Candlelight Tour. The Dunbar House decorations are ready and the Honeymoon Row flat will welcome holiday guests to reflect life in a simpler time - dried oranges, lemons, walnuts and cinnamon. This photo shows the decorated tree in the sunlight.

If you have loved visiting the Dunbar House you will also want to visit the newest exhibit in the "Pullman House Project...
11/13/2018

If you have loved visiting the Dunbar House you will also want to visit the newest exhibit in the "Pullman House Project", the apartment on Honeymoon Row which will be decorated for the holidays and open for the 2018 Candlelight Tour. The second bedroom will be open and the newest addition to the exhibit- a Victorian era parlor stove will be radiating warmth. Tickets for the December 9th tour can be purchased online at: pullmancandlelight2018.brownpapertickets.com

09/08/2018
Discover Pullman

Every fall Pullman residents open their doors for a weekend of fun and history. The Thomas Dunbar House will again participate in the Annual House Tour. If you've visited us before, do come again to see what's new for this year. Tickets can be purchased online at pullmanhousetour2018.brownpapertickets.com

This articulated gas light sconce will soon be installed in the bedroom at the Thomas Dunbar House, just in time for the...
08/25/2018

This articulated gas light sconce will soon be installed in the bedroom at the Thomas Dunbar House, just in time for the 45th Annual Pullman House Tour. Tickets can be purchased online at: https://pullmanhousetour2018.brownpapertickets.com

05/29/2018
Historic Pullman Foundation

This oral history and it's story is from Nellie Davidson Evans, Thomas Dunbar's niece and daughter of Dunbar's sister Georgeanne Davidson.

Adaptation of oral history documentation. PULLMAN VOICES -Nellie Davidson Evans - Part III. In this episode Nellie tells about taking the street car to the World's Fair - the Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the secret she discovered at the fair. #PullmanVoices

04/09/2018

Visitors often ask about the interior and original features of the Thomas Dunbar House and how we selected some of the finishes. One source of guidance was an article written by Mrs. Duane Doty in 1893 included in a publication used for the Columbian Exposition titled "The Town of Pullman". In the book she describes (page 106) features of single family houses in Pullman. With particular respect to the Executive houses she states: " On the boulevard, east of the hotel, there are seven very handsome houses. They are all heated by steam, in addition to having every other modern convenience. Entering one of these houses you see a stairway of cherry and all casings and woodwork finished in the natural color of the wood. At the right you enter a spacious double parlor, back of which is a large dining room, and back of this a conveniently arranged kitchen. Four good pantries and china closets are found in the dining room and kitchen. The house contains a laundry, with three stationery washtubs supply with hot and cold water. The basement and cellar contain shelves, cupboards, etc., and one room contains the steam coils for warming the building. The windows are all supplied with Venetian blinds. On the second floor there is a large front alcove room and two large bedrooms in the rear, with a bathroom. The third story has three commodious sleeping rooms. Near the ceiling, in all the rooms, we find moldings on which to hang pictures. The walls are either papered or painted, and the ceiling are tinted in different colors. The grounds are terraced and planted with flowers and shrubbery. There is an ample back yard with a wood shed at the rear, the yard being well and tastefully fenced. The front yards are not fenced, but left open so as to give the streets the appearance of parks. Bay windows overlook the lake and give a view of the whole length of the boulevard."

The Bielenberg Historic Pullman House Foundation and the Thomas  Dunbar House volunteers wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!
01/01/2018

The Bielenberg Historic Pullman House Foundation and the Thomas Dunbar House volunteers wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy Holidays!
12/21/2017

Happy Holidays!

10/11/2017

Thanks to the nearly 1500 people who visited Pullman and the Thomas Dunbar House this past weekend for the 44th Annual House Tour. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

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