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."