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Property Name Chrysler Village
Reference Number 14000254
State Illinois
County Cook
Town Chicago
Street Address Bounded by S Long Ave. S Lavergne Ave, W 63rd St. W 65th St
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 5/23/2014
Areas of Significance Community Planning and Development, Military
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/14000254.pdf
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Chrysler Village exemplifies a fundamental but often unacknowledged moment in the history of housing in twentieth century America. As the preeminent example of a planned community conceived and constructed in Chicago during World War II, Chrysler Village fulfills Criteria A for listing on the National Register of Historic Places because of the partnership between private developers and the federal government to locally meet a national effort to house war industries workers. Chrysler Village also stands as the apotheosis of nationally renowned developer Joseph E. Merrion's innovative approach to public-private partnerships in Chicago's wartime housing market. Proximate to and named after the famed Dodge-Chrysler Plant, home to the production of the B-29 -Superfortress- bomber engines, Chrysler Village represents both the evolution of earlier working-class home ownership through Depression and wartime building as well as an important rehearsal for expanded federal housing initiatives initially conceived to address a postwar housing shortage.

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