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Overton Business & Technology Incubator

Address

4927 S. Indiana Ave.
Enter via parking lot

Neighborhood

Bronzeville

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 2pm

Sun, Oct 20: 10am - 2pm

Photography Permitted

Architect

Perkins and Will, 1963

Description

Get inside this closed elementary school awaiting transformation into a business & technology incubator. One of 50 schools shuttered in 2013, Anthony Overton Elementary, designed by Perkins + Will, opened in 1963 as a modern facility with three wings linked by striking glass-walled skywalks. The school's namesake was a prominent banker and businessman in Bronzeville, the first African American to lead a major business conglomerate. The school was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.

Visitor Experience

Tour this shuttered school that will be repurposed as a business incubator and office space, but is already functioning as a hub of community and cultural activity.

Programs

OHC Teen Ambassadors at Overton Business & Technology Incubator

Hear the Chicago Architecture Center’s Teen Ambassadors interpret Bronzeville’s historic buildings for the public.

Sat, Oct 19: 10am-2pm

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The 2019 Teen Ambassadors spent eight days studying Bronzeville, exploring its rich history through visits to significant architectural sites, interviews with local residents and archival research. Upon completing their field research, the Ambassadors worked in small groups to create a series of short audio podcasts about three sites: the Forum, First Church of Deliverance and Overton Elementary School. The Chicago Architecture Center’s OHC Teen Ambassadors program encourage high school students to investigate architecture through the lens of local history and culture.

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Part of the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre trail.

2019 Year of Chicago Theatre