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Children and Storefronts at 499 South Jefferson Street, c. 1900


At the turn of the twentieth century, frame storefronts, like this one at 499 South Jefferson Street, included multiple housing units.

See also: Housing Reform

Rear Houses, Near West Side, c. 1910


Rear houses off an alley in the Near West Side community area, near Hull House, c. 1910.

See also: Housing Reform; Near West Side

Frame Two-Flats, c.1900


Early frame two-flats, with separate entrance for each flat, c. 1900.

See also: Built Environment of the Chicago Region; Housing Types