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Researching a Chicago Building


Are you interested in who designed your house? How old it might be? What materials and construction techniques were used? How it fits into the architectural and social history of the city of Chicago? Here are some websites, databases, and publications to help you research the houses and buildings of Chicago.

Starting Points: From the Commission on Chicago Landmarks

Your House Has a History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Researching Your Property
A clear and concise step-by-step guide to researching your home.

Chicago Historic Resources Survey: An Inventory of Architecturally and Historically Significant Structures
City of Chicago website that includes maps, an architectural style guide, a database of architecturally and historically significant structures, landmark status of each listed building, and an extensive bibliography.


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