Pearl Hart Residence

2821 N Pine Grove Ave Chicago

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This attractive stone townhouse, built in 1891 was the residence of Pearl Hart (1890-1975). Known as "The Guardian Angel of the Gay Community," Hart was one of the first female attorneys in Chicago to specialize in criminal law.

She was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 1914 and, as an attorney, was known for defending immigrants, lesbians and gay men, children, and other frequently oppressed groups. She often did this gratis or for a reduced fee. Hart was an ardent defender of gay rights and was one of the founders of the LGBT rights organization Mattachine Midwest.

Hart was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame in 1992. Hart's longtime partner, pulp lesbian novelist, and activist Valerie Taylor, lived only two blocks away.

Chicago's LGBTQ Library and Archives, Gerber/Hart, bears her name along with Henry Gerber.

Visit the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, the Midwest LGBTQ resource center
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