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Property Name Oak Park Village Hall
Reference Number 14000505
State Illinois
County Cook
Town Oak Park
Street Address 123 Madison Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 8/25/2014
Areas of Significance POLITICS/GOVERNMENT, SOCIAL HISTORY
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/14000505.pdf
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Oak Park Village Hall is locally significant and meets Criteria A for Social History and Politics/Government for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The period of significance is 1975, the year it was built. The construction of Village Hall played a key role in Oak Park's struggle to break the downward spiral of white flight from re-segregation and led Oak Park to become a model integrated community where citizens of diverse ethnic backgrounds live together in peace. Oak Park Village Hall meets Criterion Consideration G for properties less than fifty years old in that the pioneering and continuing success of the Village of Oak Park in the Chicago region received national attention for the way it inspired and sustained racial integration and demonstrated to other communities how to achieve a diverse mixture of white and black residents to live together in harmony without fear of re-segregation.

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