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Record #: O2016-6357   
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
Intro date: 9/14/2016 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards
Final action: 11/16/2016
Title: Historical landmark designation for Plymouth Building (later LaSalle Extension University) at 417-421 S Dearborn St and 416-420 S Plymouth Ct
Sponsors: Dept./Agency
Attachments: 1. O2016-6357.pdf

Plymouth Building 417-421 S. Dearborn St. 416-420 S. Plymouth Ct.

WHEREAS, pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Municipal Code of Chicago (the "Municipal Code"), Sections 2-120-630 through -690, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks (the "Commission") has determined that the Plymouth Building1 (the "Building"), located at 417 S Dearborn St., Chicago, Illinois, legally described in Exhibit A attached hereto and incorporated herein, satisfies two (2) criteria for landmark designation as set forth in Section 2-120-620 (1) and (5) ofthe Municipal Code; and

WHEREAS, the Building, through its historic associations with the LaSalle Extension University (LSEU), exemplifies the significance of distance learning organizations to the economic and educational history of Chicago and the nation; and

WHEREAS, LSEU was a nationally-recognized distance learning institution that operated in Chicago for roughly ninety years; and

WHEREAS, Founded in 1908 in Chicago by educators Jesse Grant Chapline and William Bethke, LSEU was one of the largest and most successful distance learning institutions in the country; and

WHEREAS, LSEU developed and published its own coursework materials for a variety of subjects, from vocational training to law, that were utilized not only by the university but by hundreds of other schools and universities across the country; and

WHEREAS, LSEU's correspondence model extended opportunities to students who had limited access to more traditional avenues of higher education because of their race, gender, class, or their physical location; and

WHEREAS, the Building is an unusual example of a tall office building whose architectural design and detailing reflects both its original purpose as a commercial loft building in Chicago's premiere printing district, housing a variety of commercial tenants, and its later reuse as an institutional building housing the LaSalle Extension University (LSEU); and|1010|
WHEREAS, the Building's mix of ni...

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