Designed in the 1880’s by architects Burnham & Root, the dramatic circular limestone and timber building originally served as a horse stable. The current reuse allows the central rotunda to retain its historic character and its structural elegance, and to be used as an event and temporary exhibition space. This is part of a larger initiative to expand the DuSable Museum of African American History.
“Instead of trying to concentrate on turning this beautiful 1880s building into something pristine with fancy finishes and white walls — that’s not what this building wants to be — it wants to be true to its nature and its history because we’re a history museum,” said Perri Irmer, president of the DuSable Museum.
The tireless and dynamic leadership of Perri Irmer was critical in making this outstanding outcome possible. Bravo to the DuSable Museum Board and all of the individuals and organizations that helped to make this possible.
The DuSable Museum of African American History is one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the country and serves an important role in the Chicago in promote understanding and inspire appreciation of African Americans achievements, contributions and experiences.