Saturday, January 28

122 years at Hull House

Jane Addams sits with immigrant children at Hull House.

Ohh, how I wish I could cry.

After more than a century of providing services for immigrants and the poor, the Jane Addams Hull House Association has closed.

Hull House was a settlement house that was co-founded in 1889 by Jane Addams (who later became the first American woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize) and Ellen Gates Starr. Located in Chicago, Ill., Hull House opened its doors to immigrants and offered innovative social, educational, and artistic programs.

The original building and one additional building survive today. The Hull House building was designated
a U.S. National Historic Landmark on June 23, 1965.

Hull House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on Oct. 15, 1966 -- the same day that the National Historic Preservation Act was enacted.

While the museum with the original buildings is scheduled to remain open, the association providing social services for 122 years closed on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012.

That should be enough to make anyone cry.

1 comment:

  1. That is very sad news, but 122 years is also nothing to sniff at. I'm sure Jane Addams would still be proud.