Prepared on behalf of the Promontory Point Conservancy by Julia Bachrach, the Promontory Point Nomination, a proposed historic district within Chicago’s Burnham Park, will be formally reviewed by the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council (IHSAC). IHSAC is the official state body that makes recommendations regarding National Register of Historic Places nominations for properties within the State of Illinois. Formal designations are then made by the Keeper of the National Register within the United States Department of the Interior.
First envisioned as part of the seminal 1909 Plan of Chicago, Promontory Point was created between the mid-1920s and late-1930s. The park includes a significant Prairie style landscape designed by Alfred Caldwell and whimsical stone pavilion produced by Chicago Park District architect Emanuel V. Buchsbaum.
Image: Promontory Point Council Ring and Surrounding Landscape, photo by Alan G. Thomas, 2017.