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Thank You Chicago!


After 12 great years, the NHS Chicago Greystone & Vintage Home Program ended on December 31, 2018. The program originally launched in 2006 in North Lawndale as the Historic Chicago Greystone Initiative. It was founded on the belief that everyone deserves to live in a beautiful neighborhood and have the complete story of their community told. Over the years that place based strategy grew into a Chicago-wide vintage home resource that hosted hundreds of workshops and building consultations, facilitated millions of dollars in reinvestment on the West and South Side, and shared the stories of greystones and the “hidden” history of communities like North Lawndale and Englewood to tens of thousands of people locally, nationally, and internationally. Though the Chicago Greystone & Vintage Home is now winding down, NHS remains committed to working with our partners to preserve the cultural and built-heritage of the West and South Sides.

NHS is grateful to the City of Chicago, the Alphawood Foundation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and State Farm Insurance for their generous funding of the Chicago Greystone & Vintage Home Foundation.

NHS would also like to give special thanks to the following partners for their help in informing and implementing the Chicago Greystone & Vintage Home Program: the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois-Chicago; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Chicago Architecture Foundation; Landmarks Illinois; the National Trust for Historic Preservation; the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency; Preservation Chicago; the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association; Langdon Bone Baker Architects; Wheeler Kearns Architects; Christy Webber Landscapes; the K-Town Historic District Committee; and the Lawndale Historical and Cultural Society.