Landmark success for the Promontory

To the Editor:

On Wednesday, Sept. 20 the Program Committee of the city’s Landmarks Commission reviewed the nomination of Promontory Point to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Commission accepted the nomination and will pass it on to Illinois’ Historic Preservation Agency in Springfield for its review on Oct. 27 before it’s sent to the Department of Interior in DC.

It was a very convivial meeting with no dissent. Julia Bachrach who wrote the nomination made a beautiful presentation to the Committee. Ward Miller, executive director of Preservation Chicago and a Hyde Park native, commented on the community’s love for the Point. But the high point was Ald. Leslie Hairston’s (5th) testimony. She spoke of the Point’s historic importance and of its great social importance to the community. She noted that it was the last piece of the original limestone revetment left in the city and shouldn’t be squandered. And she mentioned that the community had been ‘fighting’ to preserve the Point for twenty years, and wouldn’t give up the effort. It was a very special moment.

I hope this national honor for the Point creates a space where we all — the community, the Chicago Park District, the City of Chicago, the Army Corps, Alderman Hairston and our other elected officials — can come together to preserve and restore Promontory Point.

Thank you,
Jack Spicer