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TREE STUDIOS AND MEDINAH TEMPLE

TREE STUDIOS AND MEDINAH TEMPLE
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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BACKGROUND

Commissioned by philanthropist Judge Lambert Tree, the Tree Studios were designed as an artists’ residence by the Parfitt Brothers architectural firm. Located in Chicago’s fashionable north side, the Tree Studios are credited with being the oldest artist residence in the United States—the first part was built in 1894—and have been home to over 500 artists.

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HOW WE HELPED

WMF’s involvement resulted in media attention and public discussions about the significance of the Tree Studios and Medinah Temple. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

New development threatened many of the structures with plans for heavy alterations or destruction. A concerned group of citizens lobbied the Chicago Landmark Commission to designate the buildings as city landmarks. However, at the time of the sites’ placement on the 2000 Watch, no action had been taken and the loss of the structures seemed inevitable. (...)