Positioning Pullman


2016 Honor Award


Chicago, IL


300 acres


National Parks Conservation Association


Planning and Analysis

Landscape Architects

Project Details

Pullman National Monument is a must-see treasure of Chicago’s South Side. The circa 1880 town of Pullman, now a Chicago neighborhood, provided the setting for the evolution of industrial manufacturing and railroad transportation, the advancement of town planning, architecture and landscape architecture, the foundation of US labor law, and the advancement of civil liberties for African Americans.

A technical team comprised of forty volunteer architects, landscape architects, city planners, economists and engineers assembled to work with Pullman stakeholders to develop a roadmap for improvement and operations. The project was led by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and site.

A three day workshop was conducted to engage the community about their ideas and more than 500 people attended the events. Discussion was organized around four topics: 1) Park Experience, 2) Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse, 3) Access and Connections, and 4) Community Development.

Pullman National Monument is one of the first “National Urban Parks” in America. It is an important development for the National Park Service as it enters its second century of stewardship with a focus on an “Urban Agenda.” As such, lessons learned at Pullman could shape policy over the course of the next 100 years.

Project Team

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture LLP (Prime Consultant); Smith Group; Studio Gang; Bauer Latoza Studio; McGuire Igleski Associates; Altus Works; Brush Architects; Moody Nolan; Farr Associates; Griskelis Young Harrell; Ross Barney Architects; Christopher Burke Engineering; TYLin; Jacobs; Sam Schwartz Engineering; Market & Feasibility Advisors

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