National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior

National Register of Historic Places Program

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.


Property Name The Central Manufacturing District: Original East Historic District
Reference Number 16000004
State Illinois
County Cook
Town Chicago
Street Address 3500-3700 blocks of South Morgan Street. South Racine Avenue, and South Iron Street: 3500-3900 blocks of South Ashland Avenue: 1000-1600 blocks of West 35th-37th Streets: and 1200-1600 West 38th Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 2/15/2016
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE, INDUSTRY
Link to full file
After 113 years, the Original East District of the Central Manufacturing District remains a locally significant district in Chicago's Bridgeport Community. The period of significance is from 1902- 1965, reflecting the time spanning between the years that the District was first developed, to the 50 year cut off for significance for the National Register of Historic Places. The District is eligible Criterion A for Industry and Criterion C for Architecture. The industrial park made popular as a post-World War II era manifestation is the continuation and adaption of an earlier institution developed at the beginning of the 20th century. A forerunner of these later institutions was the Central Manufacturing District (CMD) located in Chicago, Illinois, which experimented in large- scale land development, capitalized on new technologies in construction and power production, and became the national model during the interwar years. ---Early twentieth-century sources indicate that the first industrial parks were built in Chicago. Epitomizing both the unregulated urban growth and consequent inefficiencies of the nineteenth-century as well as the reform and planning movements of the twentieth, it is perhaps surprising that the industrial park, as an experiment in industrial land planning, should have begun in this city.--- The District, which continues to serve the community with many of the same services it provided historically, has sufficient integrity for listing in the National Register.

Any Associated Files


Weekly List Search Page

Properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places under four criteria: A, B, C, and D. For information on what these criterion are and how they are applied, please see our Bulletin on How to Apply the National Register Criteria