Robert S. Abbott House

4742 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., Chicago, Illinois

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Robert S. Abbott House

1. SOUTH AND EAST SIDES

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Description 

From 1926 until his death in 1940, Robert Sengstacke Abbott (1870-1940), the most successful Black publisher of his era, lived in part of this large Queen Anne brick duplex. Through his newspaper, the CHICAGO DEFENDER (est. 1905), Abbott encouraged southern Blacks to leave the virulently racist South and seek a haven in the northern cities, particularly Chicago. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 8, 1976

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 8, 1976
Reference number
76000686
NR name
Abbott, Robert S., House
Architectural style
Victorian: Queen Anne
Areas of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Black; Literature
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Current functions
Secondary structure; Multiple dwelling
Period of significance
1925-1949
Significant years
1926; 1940
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2

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