Pullman State Historic Site
The Pullman State Historic Site Fifteen miles south of the Chicago loop, at the center of the historic planned industrial Pullman community, Pullman State Historic Site uses historic structures and public programs to showcase 19th and 20th Century industrial society. The signature Clock Tower Administration Building and Assembly Shops and the grand four story Hotel Florence give tangible evidence to the national and international influences of Pullman -- on transportation, industrial design, architecture, labor, urban and town planning and landscape design -- in the contemporary context of America's post-industrial economy, where much of the evidence of the industrial age has already disappeared. The historic factory and hotel buildings long ago outlived their original purposes, casualties of emerging technologies, evolving building standards, shifting consumer demands, large economic shifts from an industrial economy toward a service based economy, ending in divestiture and passing into obsolescence. When the State of Illinois purchased the site in 1991, to memorialize an economic, political, and social giant of the industrial age, few then could imagine the future exodus of industry from our shores and the fundamental societal changes that would be felt around the globe. Today, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, a state agency, is administering the site's transformation during a multi-phased stabilization and restoration effort. Public programs at Pullman State Historic Site serve broad local, regional, national and international audiences with tours, lectures, seminars, special events, field schools, archives, and online resources that appeal to both children and adults.
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