Landmark Status Proposed for Hyde Park's Promontory Point

March 15, 2023


Hyde Park’s Promontory Point would be designated as an official Chicago Landmark under a proposal submitted today to City Council.

Completed in 1939 under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, the lakefront peninsula was constructed from lakefill and is protected by stepped limestone. It is located east of Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable Lake Shore Drive between 54th and 56th streets.

Landscape architect Alfred Caldwell’s plan for Promontory Point made use of the site’s renowned lake and skyline views, while Chicago Park District architect Emanuel V. Buchsbaum designed a French eclectic-style pavilion with a central tower. Frederick C. and Elizabeth Haseltine Hibbard crafted the sculptural David Wallach Fountain located near the lakefront trail.

The Landmark designation would protect the exterior elevations and rooflines of the pavilion, as well as pathways, council rings, fountain and limestone revetments.



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