North Lawndale’s  K-Town Earns Designation on National Register

North Lawndale’s K-Town Earns Designation on National Register

Celebrating K-Town's designation on the National Register for Historic Places are, l. to r., Charles Leeks, Neighborhood Director, NHS North Lawndale Office; Ron Zinnerman, Vice President of Community Relations, Chase, which gave NHS a $145,000 grant in 2007 to help K-Town homeowners rehab and preserve their historic homes; Paul Norrington, a 50-year resident and block club president on the 4200 block of W. 21st Place; Alderman Sharon Denise Dixon, 24th ward; and Ed Jacob, Executive Director, NHS of Chicago.

 

K-Town, a 16-block area in North Lawndale, was honored with a listing on the National Register of Historic Places by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency at a special event at the Greater St. Paul AME Church in mid-November. 

K-Town – named for its many north-south “K” streets including Karlov, Keeler and Kildare – covers Pulaski on the east to Kostner on the west and from Cermak on the south and Cullerton on the north. K-Town boasts a unique mix of Chicago residential and commercial buildings, including one of the largest concentrations of Greystones in North Lawndale.

The K-Town event was a celebration filled with pride as NHS, community residents, representatives of state and local preservation agencies reflected on what the listing signified for North Lawndale. Longtime K-Town resident Paul Norrington said, "This gives us a powerful focal point to preserve our neighborhood. We are distinct across the country and around the world."

 

Speakers included:
 

  • Rev. Cynthia Johnson, Pastor, Greater St. Paul AME Church (itself a historic part of North Lawndale originally built in 1915)
  • Ed Jacob, Executive Director, NHS of Chicago
  • Charles Leeks, Neighborhood Director, NHS North Lawndale Office
  • Alderman Sharon Denise Dixon, 24th ward
  • Chris Morris, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Elisabeth Logman, Midwest Preservation LLC
  • Matt Cole, Program Coordinator, Chicago Historic Greystone Initiative®
  • Paul Norrington, K-Town Resident
  • Eleanor Gorski, Assistant Commissioner, Chicago Department of Zoning and Land Use Planning
  • Michael Jackson, FAIA, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency

 

"This historical designation shines a bright light on K-Town. We are building pride in place.  One homeowner sees another improving their home and it radiates down the block and into neighboring blocks. It makes us all proud to call North Lawndale home."
Paul Norrington, K-Town resident and block club president, 4200 block of W. 21st Place



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