Chicago Construction News staff writer
Landmarks Illinois has awarded a grant through the Timuel D. Black, Jr. Grant Fund for Chicago’s South Side to Pullman Tech Workshop (PTW), a nonprofit providing historic trades training to people living in and around Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood. PTW will use the $2,500 matching grant from Landmarks Illinois to help with rehabilitation efforts at the former Schlitz Brewery Stable Building.
Built in 1906, the two-story, brick building was designed by the prominent architectural firm of Frommann & Jebsen and is today a Chicago Landmark. PTW is currently renting the building with the intention to own it through an upcoming donation. Landmarks Illinois grant funds will specifically go toward the cleanup and renovation of two spaces in the building: a former office and storage space to be used as the Material Library and a former brewery testing lab to be used as the Preservation Technology Lab.
“The historic preservation field is facing a worker shortage,” Landmarks Illinois president and CEO Bonnie McDonald said in a statement. “Pullman Tech Workshop is helping to close this gap through its historic trades workforce development program, which creates career opportunities for people on the South Side of Chicago. We are proud to support this organization in its efforts to renovate the former Schlitz Building where it can continue to host its training workshops to encourage people to work in the historic trades.”
“Our mission focuses on empowering people and preserving places,” said Megan Lydon, Pullman Tech Workshop Board Chair. “We hope by educating and inspiring the next generation of historic trades workers on Chicago’s historically under-resourced South Side, we can strengthen, celebrate and advance equitable resources and opportunities while having a direct impact on our community.”
The grant program provides small planning and capital matching grants to support organizations and people working to preserve the history, culture and architecture of Chicago’s South Side, where Mr. Black, acclaimed civil rights leader, author and historian spent the majority of his life living and promoting African American history.
Grants range from $500 – $2,500 each, depending on need, and require a one-to-one match. Grant applications are accepted twice a year, and the next application deadline is Jan. 1, 2023. Visit the website for grant guidelines and to submit a grant application.