Ida B. Wells-Barnett House

3624 S. Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago, Illinois



From 1919 to 1929, this three story brick building was the home of Ida B. Wells (1862-1931), African-American teacher, journalist, and civil rights advocate. Almost single-handedly, Wells began the fight to awaken the world's conscience to the realities of lynching; in addition, she crusaded for the rights of Black women. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, May 30, 1974

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 30, 1974
Reference number
NR name
Wells-Barnett, Ida B., House
Architectural style
Victorian: Renaissance
Areas of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Black; Politics/Government; Communications; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1919; 1929