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South Lakefront Tour: Sites F & G
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Site F
Make a right turn on 50th Street and go three blocks west to Drexel Boulevard. The huge Greek revival building on the northeast corner of 50th and Drexel is now the home of Operation PUSH. Kehilath Anshe Ma'ariv (K.A.M.), the oldest Jewish congregation in Chicago, built this building in 1923 when they moved from their old synagogue on 33rd and Indiana. Architects Newhouse and Bernham designed this house of worship. Operation Push bought the building in 1971 when K.A.M. merged with Temple Isaiah and moved to Hyde Park Boulevard and Greenwood Avenue. The above photograph shows the Operation PUSH Headquarters at the northeast corner 50th and Drexel in 1980.

Site G
Turn right on Drexel and go one block north to 49th Street. Make a left, or U turn, and go south on Drexel two blocks to Hyde Park Boulevard and make another left (east). After you make the U turn south on Drexel from 49th Street, the historic McGill Pare Apartments at 4938 S. Drexel will be on your right. Henry Ives Cobb, the original architect of the campus of the University of Chicago, designed this structure as a single-family residence. He used the same type of Bedford stone here that he used on the first university buildings. The private residence was completed in 1891. After additions, the home eventually contained 40,000 square feet. It was built for Dr. John McGill, a prominent physician whose family founded McGill University in Montreal. The French Gothic structure opened as an apartment complex in 1983 after being used for several purposes including a YMCA and a center for wayward juveniles. Architect Carl Klimek developed the plan for the apartment project.

At the southwest corner of Hyde Park (51st Street) and Drexel Boulevards stands an elegant fountain in a small park known as Drexel Square. It is the oldest fountain in Chicago. Henry Manger designed this tribute to Austrian-born Francis Martin Drexel, founder of the world famous financial house of Drexel and Company. Drexel's sons presented the fountain to the South Park Commission in 1883.

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