How Did Changes in the Built Environment at Hull-House Reflect the
Settlement's Interaction with Its Neighbors, 1889-1912?


        Early in the history of Hull-House, Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr looked at the settlement as an opportunity to bring their academic and cultural education to the masses of immigrant people who lived in the surrounding neighborhood.  Yet as time went on, the focus of the settlement changed from bringing art and culture to the neighborhood (as evidenced in the construction of the Butler Building) to responding to the needs of the community by providing childcare, educational opportunities, and large meeting spaces.  Hull-House became more than simply a proving ground for the new generation of college-educated, professional women--it also became part of the community in which it was founded and its development reveals a shared history.  Documents and images in this project show how residents of the settlement and members of the surrounding neighborhoods worked together to shape Hull-House spaces and the programs housed within them to better suit community needs.



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