Hammer/Palmer Mansion

The Hammer / Palmer Mansion is a historic mansion at 3654-3656 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in the Bronzeville section of Chicago.

Hammer/Palmer Mansion
General information
Town or cityChicago, Illinois

It was designed by William Wilson Clay of the firm Wheelock and Clay (Otis Leonard Wheelock) in the Queen Anne style and built in 1885. It is considered endangered.[1]

It was built for and home to justice D. Harry Palmer.[2] It was also home to Lu Palmer and her husband. Obsidian House proposed renovating it opening it as a home for its collection on Black journalists.[3] The organization secured a $1.25 million loan to purchase the property in 2021.[4]


  1. ^ "Familiar Names on Preservation Chicago's 2019 Most Endangered Buildings List". WTTW News.
  2. ^ "Justice D. Harry Hammer Mansion/Lutrelle 'Lu' & Jorja Palmer Mansion – 2019 Most Endangered - PRESERVATION CHICAGO". March 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "In Bronzeville, A Push To Preserve Historic Lu Palmer Mansion — And Chicago's Black Media Legacy". Block Club Chicago. March 3, 2021.
  4. ^ "Obsidian Collection buys Lu Palmer Mansion at $1.25 million, now needs zoning change". Chicago Sun-Times. May 6, 2021.

Coordinates: 41°49′39.7″N 87°37′3.5″W / 41.827694°N 87.617639°W / 41.827694; -87.617639