A handful of facts and misunderstandings about Jane Addams and the Hull House in Chicago on Halsted St:
- Hull is the name of the man who built the mansion which still exists. Hull sold the house to Jane Addams and had no further involvement in the establishment.
- The mansion housed the workers of Hull House and not the immigrant population it served.
- The renovated mansion on UIC property looks the way it does now because of an artist’s rendering; the house never looked like this until a guy painted it that way and the University built it to look like the painting.
- Jane Addams was most likely a lesbian.
- Jane Addams was a huge rabble-rouser, protesting against the first world war and promoting legislation to give women the right to vote.
I learned all of this on a brief, recent trip to the museum located inside the mansion and its annex in the original detached dining room.
Related links about Hull House:
- Official website sponsored by UIC
- Jane Addams Hull House Association – working to continue her work in Chicago and Illinois.
- Wikipedia entry on Hull House
- Wikipedia entry on Jane Addams
- Chicago Public Library’s page on the Hull House
- Chicago History Museum’s page on Hull House