Chicago Landmarks

Stephen A. Douglas Tomb

Douglas Tomb, photo by Barbara Crane     Address: 35th Street and Cottage Grove Ave.
Year Built: 1881
Architect: Leonard W. Volk
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: September 28, 1977

Stephen A. Douglas U. S. Sen. Stephen A. Douglas, who died in 1861 at the age of 48, played an important role in the development of Chicago. He was an early investor in Chicago real estate, and his tomb stands on land that was once part of his 53-acre estate, "Oakenwald." Douglas held numerous state offices, but became nationally known for his debating skill in the Senate and in his campaign against Abraham Lincoln in 1858.