Andrew Needham and Lily Geismer talk Chicago and suburbanization with Elaine Lewinnek, a professor of American Studies at Cal State Fullerton Her new book, The Working Man’s Reward: Chicago’s Early Suburbs and the Roots of American Sprawl, came out in the spring from Oxford University Press. (OUP, Amazon). Looking at gendered notions of urban development and industrial labor, she traces key episodes in Chicago history including the Great Fire and its policy aftermath, uses literature like The Jungle as a lens for examining real estate, and traces a history of race and space before the 1919 race riot.
The first textbook of real estate appraisal, published in Chicago, was Frederick Babcock’s The Appraisal of Real Estate, from 1924. Babcock is well known as one of the key figures in shaping the Home Ownership Loan Corporation and Federal Housing Administration’s appraisal practices. (That same year, John Zangerle in Cleveland published Principles of Real Estate Appraising.)
The Union Stockyards was a centralized location for the holding and slaughter of midwestern livestock — the union of many smaller midcentury stockyards. The remaining gate, built in 1875 and designed by J.W. Root of Burnham and Root, is located at Exchange and Peoria.
More information about Samuel Eberly Gross, as well as an image of the advertisement on the book’s cover, is available from Chicagology.