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Historic Pullman Foundation

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Membership & Support

The mission of the Historic Pullman Foundation is to facilitate the preservation and restoration of original structures within the Town of Pullman and to promote public awareness of the significance of Pullman as one of the nation’s first planned industrial communities, now a designated City of Chicago, State of Illinois and National landmark district.

The Historic Pullman Foundation maintains business records at its business offices (listed below). Copies of annual 990 tax filings are on file and can be viewed through the website of the Attorney General of Illinois: http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/charities/index.html

Contact Information

Historic Pullman Foundation
Business Office

Florence Lowden Miller Historic Pullman Center
614 E 113th Street
Chicago, IL 60628
Business Phone: (773) 785-8181
Fax: (773) 785-8182
Email: foundation@pullmanil.org

Historic Pullman Visitor Center
Tours and Visitor Information

(not a mailing address)
11141 S. Cottage Grove Avenue
Chicago, IL
Phone: (773) 785-8901
Email: tours@pullmanil.org

The Historic Pullman Foundation was chartered in 1973 as an Illinois not-for-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) tax status. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, managed by a small professional staff and supported by volunteers.

The Foundation serves as a vehicle to acquire and restore important public buildings within the Pullman Historic District; to develop and provide educational programs and tours; and to conduct research and long range community planning to facilitate the continuing preservation and restoration of the Pullman Historic District.

In the furtherance of the mission, the Foundation maintains an archival collection. The policy regarding this collection is available below.
Historic Pullman Foundation Archival Collections Policy

The establishment of the Foundation was the natural outgrowth of efforts initiated by the Pullman Civic Organization and its Beman Committee. Residents of Pullman and other interested individuals developed a growing awareness that Pullman’s historic significance and unique architecture needed to be preserved and protected.

Through their efforts, the Town of Pullman was designated an Illinois Historic District in 1969, a National Landmark District in 1970 and in 1972, the southern part of the District was designated as one of the first landmark districts by the City of Chicago. More recently the City of Chicago amended the historic district boundaries to include both the north and southern parts of the district.

Board of Directors
The Officers and Board of Directors of the Historic Pullman Foundation for 2020-2021 are:

Joseph Szabo - Joe’s experience spans over 40 years in government and transportation, including serving as chief executive at the local, state and federal level. He was appointed by President Obama in 2009 as the twelfth Federal Railroad Administrator of the United States; served as Mayor of Riverdale, Illinois; was State Director in Illinois for the United Transportation Union; and Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). Retired from CMAP in 2019, Joe brings a wealth of planning and rail transportation expertise to the Board.

Vice President
Laura Ruiz-Stephan -Raised in Chicago, Laura spent her first 40 years in Pullman. She began her professional career in Customer Service for what was then Illinois Bell. She went on to spend 33 years with Verizon Communications managing key departments and advancing to Sr. Manager of Pricing & Contract Management Operations for Verizon’s Business unit. Since retiring in 2019, she continues to be a strong preservation advocate and supporter of the Pullman community.

Doug Davidson - Doug is the Director of Arbitration for the National Division of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers & Trainmen, and Chairman of the first Division of the National Railroad Adjustment Board headquartered in Chicago. An avid photographer, Doug has documented the Chicago railroad scene for nearly 50 years. He has a profound interest in Chicago, railroad history, labor history and everything Pullman.

Cynthia Martin-McMahon - Executive Assistant, Administrative Hearings for the Illinois Secretary of State for 42 years, Cindy has served on the Board since 1986 as President, Vice President, and Treasurer; and she co-chaired the popular Historic Pullman House Tour for 30 years. Born and raised in Pullman, Cindy’s roots go back to 1928 when her grandparents migrated here, and her strong commitment and dedication to the community is ongoing.

Board Members
Marsha Adduci - 40 years advertising and promotional copywriting experience for a variety of clients, including NutraSweet, Abbott Labs, HBO Nickelodeon, University Hospitals of Cleveland, etc. Now retired, she was a Partner at A to Z Creative Services, and Sr. Copywriter at BSA Advertising Chicago. A Pullman resident for 50 years, Marsha has served as Foundation Board Secretary for 10 years, past Pullman Civic Organization Secretary, and has written copy for the Pullman House Tours.

Fred Ash - Fred has 30 years of commercial banking experience for large museums, cultural institutions, and universities including the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Field Museum and Chicago State University. Past Treasurer of the Illinois Railway Museum, Chicago Chapter of Railroad & Locomotive Historical Society and Twentieth Century Railroad Club, Fred has written over 40 articles on railroad history and is Co-Founder of the Illinois Central Historical Society.

James Badali - Born and raised in Pullman in the home his grandfather built in the 1920ís, Jimís career began with real estate developer Arthur Rubloff. By age 25, he successfully built and operated two retail stores in the Evergreen Plaza Shopping Center and one in River Oaks Shopping Center until 2010. Since retiring, he has purchased and renovated many Pullman homes, and in addition to serving on the Board since 2014, his volunteer efforts touch every area of the community.

C. Robert Bushwaller - Bob has 45 years of experience in urban planning, design, transportation & consulting includes: directing architectural and engineering firms on the CTA Capital Improvement Plan; engineering and design coordination for the Chicago Central Area Circulator Light Rail System public transit project; and head management consultant for the CTA’s automated fare collection system. A 40-year Pullman resident, his professional skills are reflected in countless community projects.

David Doig - President of Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI) for 25 years, Dave has served neighborhoods throughout Chicago in various nonprofit and governmental capacities, including North Lawndale community organizer and Superintendent of the Chicago Park District. His capital raising expertise led efforts to have Pullman declared a National Monument. He also serves on the Millennium Reserve Steering Committee and the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation.

Maria P. Hibbs - Maria is Co-Founder and Founding Executive Director of the Chicago Learning Exchange, a leading non-profit promoting educational innovation and equity of opportunity for young people in Chicago; and was Executive Director of three civic collaboratives at the Chicago Community Trust. A George M. Pullman scholarship recipient, she brings a wealth of leadership experience, philanthropic connections, communications skills, and community building to the Board.

Craig Howard - Now retired, Craig was Program Director at the MacArthur Foundation, VP & Co-Director of the Low Wage Worker & Communities Unit of MDRC and former Program Officer at the Ford Foundation. These and other major leadership positions make Craig a valuable addition to the Board. A south sider whose father was a Chicago policer officer in Pullman’s 5th District, he has a strong connection to the community and to Pullman.

Kathleen Schneider - Kathy has over 37 years of professional service, including 16 years with the National Park, for a total of 29 years Federal Service. Kathy was named first Superintendent of the Pullman National Monument in 2016. As Superintendent, she directed the development of this new National Park Service site and led the planning for the $35 million rehabilitation project of Pullman’s Administration Clock Tower for the Park visitor center.

Michael A. Shymanski - Retired architect and AIA Emeritus, Mike has over 40 years of experience in urban planning. Project Architect/Urban Planner for McDonough Associates, where he led land development projects for commercial, institutional and urban transit projects for the Lakefront, Millennium Park, Chicago Transit Authority and Forest Preserves of Cook County. He is a founding member and past president of the Historic Pullman Foundation, and Vice President of the Dunes National Park Association. A Pullman resident for over 50 years, he has devoted a majority of his time to preserving Pullman’s history.

Ted Stalnos - President, & CEO of the Calumet Area Industrial Commission (CAIA), Ted is a south side Chicago native. Appointed to various union positions by United Steel Workers Union rank and file members, he created proposals to retrain displaced steelworkers for new career paths. He has operated grant programs for profit and non-profit agencies, established Economic Development Programs, and introduced On-The-Job Training & Work-Based Learning Programs, fostering much-needed opportunities to underserved communities.

Eric Thompson - Over 35 years of banking experience, Eric is Vice President Regional Manager for Beverly Bank and Trust, providing leadership to develop strong community partnerships. In addition to the Historic Pullman Foundation, he serves on the Roseland Community Hospital Foundation Advisory Board, the Metropolitan Family Service Calumet Office Community Board, the Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center Advisory Board, among others. He has received many awards for community service, which is evident in his continuing commitment to Pullman.

Maurice Williams - Vice President of Economic Development of Chicago Community Loan Fund, Maurice has over 32 years of experience in community and economic development. His expertise has led to construction of $527 million and 2.6 million sq. feet of retail and industrial centers throughout Chicagoland, including Pullman, and has completed more than 250 projects ranging from affordable housing to hospitals and institutional facilities.

Richard Wilson - Architect and city planner with over 30 years of experience, Richard’s work focuses on large scale urban development and redevelopment in historic and emergent cities worldwide. Work in Chicago includes the Chicago Central Area Action Plan, Chicago Riverwalk Plan, North Branch Industrial Corridor Modernization, and more than a dozen neighborhood strategic plans. Richard was the National Parks Conservation Association and AIA Chicago Project Lead for Positioning Pullman and the site design team lead for the Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site Visitor Center.

(as of November 2020)

  Historic Pullman Foundation - a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
p: 773.785.8901 | e: foundation@pullmanil.org