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Stony Island Arts Bank


6760 S. Stony Island Ave.


South Shore


Sat, Oct 15: 12pm - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 12pm - 5pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible


William Gibbons Uffendell, 1923


Theaster Gates, 2015


The temple-like former Stony Island Trust and Savings Bank is one of the last remnants of what was once a dense commercial strip along Stony Island Avenue. The gray terra cotta structure, originally the Stony Island Savings and Trust, was built in 1923 with a dramatic vaulted banking lobby. Its architect, William Gibbons Uffendell, also designed a number of other local bank buildings. It served a succession of financial institutions, but lost its tenants in the late seventies and remained vacant for many years. The building was saved from demolition at the last minute by artist Theaster Gates. Now, this landmark has been restored and reopened as the Stony Island Arts Bank, a hub for free arts and cultural programming for Gates' Rebuild Foundation. The building houses items from the library of Ebony and Jet magazine's founding publisher John H. Johnson; the record collection of seminal house DJ Frankie Knuckles; and several other notable artistic collections.

Behind the Scenes

Explore the dramatic spaces and unique collections of this South Side cultural landmark.


The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s partnership with the South Shore community is sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company.

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