Chicago Historic Resources Survey (CHRS)

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The Chicago Historic Resources Survey (CHRS), completed in 1995, was a decade-long research effort by the City of Chicago to analyze the historic and architectural importance of all buildings, objects, structures, and sites constructed in the city prior to 1940. During 12 years of field work and follow-up research that started in 1983, CHRS surveyors identified approximately 9,900 properties which were considered to have some historic or architectural importance.

A color-coded ranking system was used to identify historic and architectural significance relative to age, degree of external physical integrity, and level of possible significance. Buildings and structures coded “Red” or “Orange” (unless designated as a Chicago Landmark or located within a Chicago Landmark District) are subject to the City of Chicago’s Demolition-Delay Ordinance,adopted by City Council in 2003.

RED Rated = Possess some architectural feature or historical association. Included in Red category are buildings, structures and monuments which are of great significance to Chicago or the world of architecture-“on the world stage of architecture.” Some of these buildings are recognized as world monuments and include such examples as The Auditorium Building, Charnley House and Pilgrim Baptist Church/KAM Synagogue by Adler & Sullivan, The Schlesinger & Mayer/Carson Pirie Scott Store/Sullivan Center and the Gage Group by Louis Sullivan, The Rookery and Monadnock Buildings, by Burnham & Root, The Old Colony Building, the Marquette by Holabird & Roche, Second Leiter Store and the Manhattan Building by William Lebaron Jenney, The Railway Exchange Building, Marshall Field & Company Store and the Fisher Building by D. H. Burnham & Company, the Robie House, Heller House and Roloson Houses, by Frank Lloyd Wright and 860-880 N. Lake Shore Drive by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.  These are all examples of world-renowned buildings that are considered red-rated in the city’s Chicago Historic Resources Survey.

ORANGE Rated = Possesses potentially significant architectural or historical features. Included in Orange category are buildings such as the Palmer House Hotel by Holabird & Roche, The Standard Club by Albert Kahn, the Chicago Motor Club and the Boston Store by Holabird & Roche/Root, many of Chicago’s finest religious buildings, The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel by Henry Ives Cobb, Orchestra Hall by D. H. Burnham & Company, many fine quality historic buildings both in the Central Business District/Loop/Near North Side, as well as within neighborhoods and communities around Chicago. There were about 10,000 orange-rated buildings when the Chicago Historic Resources Survey was undertaken. Many of the orange-rated buildings are of local significance to the city, community or by an architect of significance or of fine craftsmanship.

YELLOW Rated = Too altered for architectural or historic significance. Buildings that are yellow could be compromised with alterations, but can also be considered buildings that would compliment those that are orange-rated in perhaps a Chicago Landmark District. While they may be altered with siding, if wood-frame construction, they still may be of integrity, but not at the same level as other examples which are orange or perhaps even green.

GREEN Rated = Properties are pre-1940s whose exteriors have been slightly altered from their original condition. While green-rated properties are slightly altered from their original condition, they are also buildings that may have been part of an earlier 1970s-era ISS- Illinois State Survey of important buildings, which may have also been placed in this category, if not fitting the requirements for orange or red ratings.

YELLOW/GREEN Rated = Properties are pre-1940s whose exteriors—at the time of the survey—were covered with artificial siding, but which are part of a concentration of significant buildings

PURPLE Rated = Properties are pre-1940s whose exteriors have been extensively altered from their original condition

BLUE Rated = Too recent for significant architectural or historic evaluation. While these generally are post 1940s buildings, which were not surveyed, due to their newness in the 1980s and 1990s when the CHRS was produced, there are examples and exceptions to the rule at time. This is the case with 860-880 N. Lake Shore Drive by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, which were from 1948, but noted as red rated in the survey.

Additional information about the CHRS is available at www.cityofchicago.org/Landmarks/ or by contacting the Historic Preservation Division at (312) 744-3200.

Chicago Historic Resources Survey (CHRS) Unabridged

Chicago Historic Resources Survey Cover

CHRS Chapter 1 Survey Use and Findings

CHRS Chapter 2 Address Index

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area MAP

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 1 Rogers Park

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 2 West Ridge

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 3 Uptown

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 4 Lincoln Square

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 5 North Center

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 6 Lake View

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 7 Lincoln Park

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 8 Near North Side

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 9 Edison Park

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 10 Norwood Park

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 11 Jefferson Park

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 12 Forest Glen

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 13 North Park

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 14 Albany Park

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 15 Portage Park

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 16 Irving Park

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 17 Dunning

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 18 Montclare

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 19 Belmont Cragin

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 20 Hermosa

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 21 Avondale

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 22 Logan Square

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 23 Humboldt Park

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 24 West Town

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 25 Austin

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 26 West Garfield Park

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 27 East Garfield Park

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 28 Near West Side

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 29 North Lawndale

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 30 South Lawndale

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 31 Lower West Side

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 32 Loop

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 33 Near South Side

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 34 Armour Square

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 35 Douglas

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 36 Oakland

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 37 Fuller Park

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 38 Grand Boulevard

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 39 Kenwood

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 40 Washington Park

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 41 Hyde Park

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 42 Woodlawn

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 43 South Shore

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 44 Chatham

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 45 Avalon Park

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 46 South Chicago

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 47 Burnside

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 48 Calumet Heights

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 49 Roseland

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 50 Pullman

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 51 South Deering

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 52 East Side

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 53 West Pullman

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 54 Riverdale

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 55 Hegewisch

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 56 Garfield Ridge

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 57 Archer Heights

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 58 Brighton Park

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 59 McKinley Park

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 60 Bridgeport

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 61 New City

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 62 West Elsdon

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 63 Gage Park

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 64 Clearing

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 65 West_Lawn

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 66 Chicago Lawn

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 67 West Englewood

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 68 Englewood

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 69 Greater Grand Crossing

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 70 Ashburn

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 71 Auburn Gresham

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 72 Beverly

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 73 Washington Height

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 74 Mount Greenwood

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 75 Morgan Park

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 76 O’Hare

CHRS Chapter 3 Community Area 77 Edgewater

CHRS Chapter 4 Architect Index

CHRS Chapter 5 Building Styles and Styles Index

CHRS Chapter 6 Building Type Index

CHRS Chapter 7 Appendices