Pullman House Project

Pullman House Project The Pullman House Project will use selected Pullman housing units as the backdrop to tell the stories of Pullman's workers in the places they called home.
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The Pullman House Project invites you to visit our Pullman families - At Home beginning in the Spring of 2022. Experience George M. Pullman's Town of Pullman as his worker's experienced it in the 1880's. You will meet Pullman's workers and their families in the places where they lived, at home in Pullman. The Pullman House Project will include both single family homes and tenement apartments prepared to reflect the conditions experienced by Pullman workers and their families. Their stories will help understand why workers from all over the world left their native homes to relocate to the Town of Pullman. Experience first hand what life was like for these workers and their families in the Town of Pullman. One of the workers you will meet is Thomas Dunbar. He was born in Scotland in 1864 and immigrated 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 Pullman 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 where they lived until 1896, and where their three children were born - 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. This great American success story was made even more compelling when Thomas Dunbar was named as a vice president of the Pullman Company. We will tell the story of Thomas Dunbar and his family in the place they called home. Pullman became home to hundreds of families of both skilled and unskilled workers. These families lived in small single family cottages and small apartments. You will visit the Honeymoon Row Flats and experience living conditions for many of Pullman's working families. These apartments were among the smallest in Pullman at just 450 square feet, with a "living" room and 2 bedrooms. We will interpret how these apartments might have been furnished and lived in by 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 car painter and the brother in law of Thomas Dunbar.

Operating as usual

The view proposed  in the report Positioning Pullman 2 is rapidly being realized. The landscape has grass and trees, the...
06/06/2021

The view proposed in the report Positioning Pullman 2 is rapidly being realized. The landscape has grass and trees, the transfer pit rails are nearly in place, and the Worker's Gate is taking shape. Pullman is getting ready to formally open the National Park Service Visitor Center during festivities being planned for Labor Day weekend. Save the date and plan to join us!

This is one weekend you will want to be in Pullman so mark your calendars!!
06/01/2021

This is one weekend you will want to be in Pullman so mark your calendars!!

Save the Date for Labor Day Weekend 2021 for the Grand Opening of Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site! Saturday and Sunday, September 4 and 5, we will welcome the public to our brand new Visitor Center and grounds in Chicago. Plan to join us for a weekend full of activities, including timed tours of the Visitor Center and Hotel Florence, interpretive programming, live music, and food trucks. Scheduled are the Jesse White Tumblers, and partner-led activities including a car caravan organized by the Pullman Civic Organization, the Urban Renaissance festival at the National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, Historic Pullman Foundation programming, and more. Visitors will be immersed in Pullman’s stories of rail innovation, civil and labor rights, immigration, and preservation.

Stay tuned for more details later this month, including how to take part in tours of the Visitor Center and Hotel Florence.

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Save the date!!
05/30/2021

Save the date!!

The countdown begins today, 100 days from the official Labor Day Grand Opening of our Visitor Center and the adjacent State Historic Site. Watch this page for news about planned Labor Day weekend festivities. Encourage your friends to follow us for regular updates, sneak peeks, and event announcements all summer long, as we countdown to the big day!

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We are co-sponsoring this event...  come for the donut ... and help us start National Park week with the cleanest  and g...
04/13/2021

We are co-sponsoring this event... come for the donut ... and help us start National Park week with the cleanest and greenest park in America!

Mark your Calendars: National Park Week is April 17th -April 25th.

Every April, during the presidentially proclaimed National Park Week, the National Park Service celebrates America's treasures. National Park Week is a time to explore amazing places, discover stories of history and culture, help out, and find your park.

Visit our park website for a complete list of special events https://www.nps.gov/pull/planyourvisit/calendar.htm

How will you celebrate National Park Week?

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On April 2, 1881, 13 year old Florence Pullman turned the valve to start the mighty Corliss steam engine, welcoming visi...
04/02/2021

On April 2, 1881, 13 year old Florence Pullman turned the valve to start the mighty Corliss steam engine, welcoming visitors to the Town of Pullman.

On April 2, 1881, 13 year old Florence Pullman turned the valve to start the mighty Corliss steam engine, welcoming visitors to the Town of Pullman.

This will be a great summer experience
03/25/2021

This will be a great summer experience

Come work with us!
Looking for a memorable experience this summer? Pullman National Monument is looking to hire up to four temporary interpretation Park Rangers and Student trainee Park Guides. Positions are open now until April 1st 2021. Follow the links here to apply

Available positions:
Park Ranger(Interpretation) GS 0025/5 - 1039 hours: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/594928700
Student Trainee (Park Guide) GS-0090/4:
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/595796200
Positions will close after 50 applications have been received, which might be before 04/01. So don’t wait!

Tips for applying for NPS jobs:
1. Create a USAJobs account and set up a notification for places you want to work or jobs you want to find.
2. Write a detailed resume with more information on your jobs and education so that folks who do not know the job can easily identify your skills and talents.
3. Apply early! The announcements will close after a certain number of applications are received so have your resume ready to send at the first opportunity you see a job opening if possible.

We're looking forward to a lovely spring day in Pullman
03/16/2021

We're looking forward to a lovely spring day in Pullman

We're looking forward to a lovely spring day in Pullman

Want to know more about the Pullman House Project? Yes that's the view from One Florence Boulevard!  Click the "About" t...
03/13/2021

Want to know more about the Pullman House Project? Yes that's the view from One Florence Boulevard! Click the "About" tab and read what we're up to.

Want to know more about the Pullman House Project? Yes that's the view from One Florence Boulevard! Click the "About" tab and read what we're up to.

Restored stained glass windows will be returned to the stairway at One Florence Boulevard. Glass restoration by Restoric...
03/12/2021

Restored stained glass windows will be returned to the stairway at One Florence Boulevard. Glass restoration by Restoric.

Restored stained glass windows will be returned to the stairway at One Florence Boulevard. Glass restoration by Restoric.

Thomas Dunbar immigrated to Pullman from Wick, Scotland in 1885 as a 21 year old carpenter. This newly discovered photog...
03/05/2021

Thomas Dunbar immigrated to Pullman from Wick, Scotland in 1885 as a 21 year old carpenter. This newly discovered photograph was taken shortly before he left Scotland. The other two photos show a maturing Thomas Dunbar in 1908 as Superintendent of the Pullman Car Works and as a vice president of the Pullman Company in 1914.

In the snow...
02/16/2021

In the snow...

In the snow...

We were honored today with Mayor Lightfoot’s announcement that our One Florence Boulevard project has been selected as o...
01/22/2021
Mayor Lightfoot and the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) Announce Neighborhood Opportunity Fund Finalists

We were honored today with Mayor Lightfoot’s announcement that our One Florence Boulevard project has been selected as one of 30 projects city wide to receive Neighborhood Opportunity Funds. One Florence Boulevard (605 East 111th Street) will become the Welcome Center for the Pullman House Project tour program. Funding from the NOF program will support the restoration of the veranda, provide an accessible entrance, an accessible restroom and the infrastructure for a coffee shop to service the community and the tour program.

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/mayor/press_room/press_releases/2021/january/NeighborhoodOpportunityFundFinalists.html

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Something very welcoming about a beautiful fireplace, especially when it's in Pullman.
01/01/2021

Something very welcoming about a beautiful fireplace, especially when it's in Pullman.

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.

In any other year over 100 volunteers and homeowners would be adding final touches to the houses and gardens of Pullman ...
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.

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