It was always a pleasure to interview Mr. Pullman, for he had a way of making you feel at ease, and I entered heartily into the humor of his jocularity. But, as in a bantering way, I let out link after link of my chain of evidence, he . . . finally made frank confession that I was on the right track, by acknowledging that they had already bought many hundreds of acres, were negotiating for many hundreds more which would be advanced to prohibitive prices by publication, and the whole scheme would be wrecked. On the other hand, if I withheld publication, he promised that I should have the matter exclusively . . . Pullman strenuously insisted . . . that the enterprise should in no matter be presented as a philanthropic one, but, in all aspects, as a strictly business proposition.The American Planning Association on Tuesday named The Pullman Neighborhood as one its Great Neighborhoods in its 2011 Great Places in America. Galena was cited as one the year's Great Streets. The APA's history of Pullman, save to a single reference to "a worker strike", is pretty much cleansed of any accounting of the company town's contentious origin and troubled life. George Pullman - he's the "Mr. Pullman" in the quote above, conceived his idealized idea of a town in the late 1870's on a tabula rasa that would be miles away from the corruptions, regulation and taxes of Chicago proper.
- Frederick Francis Cook, Bygone Days in Chicago
Lee Bey has proposed it would be a good place for the Obama Presidential library) . . .
The beauty of Pullman's thoughtful plan and of Beman's simply yet elegant structures, now far removed from their embattled gestation, shines anew. While it began to breath as a living, democratic thing only after it was wrested from his authoritarian control, in the Town of Pullman, George Pullman, ahead of his time, created what remains one of the best examples of a planned community.
Actually, the Administration Building will (hopefully) be the site of an Industrial Heritage Museum in the near future. Several groups have been obtaining artifacts for many years now (some are already stored in the building and on the grounds), working under the auspices of a group known as The Calumet Heritage Partnership. http://www.calumetheritage.org/index.html
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