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Landmark status for President Obama's neighborhood library up for a vote today


(photo by Lee Bey)
 

Chicago's landmarks commission will vote today on whether to recommend alderman grant protected landmark status to the Timothy Blackstone Memorial Library, a century-old Tiffany-domed Beaux Art beauty in the Kenwood neighborhood--blocks east of President Obama's house--that is also the first branch library built in the city.

Located at 4904 S. Lake Park, the stately library was designed by prominent architect Solon Beman--whose works include the historic Pullman neighborhood, the Fine Arts Building and first generation Christian Science temples around town. The building boasts architectural details such as bronze doors, a marble rotunda and a spectacular six columned main entrance. The branch opened in 1904 and is named for Timothy Beach Blackstone--the president of both the Union Stockyards and the Chicago and Alton Railroad--who left the money and land to build the library after his death in 1900.


(photo by Lee Bey)


(photo by Lee Bey)


(photo by Lee Bey)

The eight-member Commission on Chicago Landmarks is expected to vote on the measure at its regular meeting at 12:45pm today at City Hall. The panel will also vote on sending the Germania Club, 1536 N. Clark, to the city council for landmark status.

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