Powhatan Apartments
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May 28, 2007 (Memorial Day)
General information
Location4950 S. Chicago Beach Dr.
Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates41°48′17″N 87°35′03″W / 41.8046°N 87.5843°W / 41.8046; -87.5843Coordinates: 41°48′17″N 87°35′03″W / 41.8046°N 87.5843°W / 41.8046; -87.5843
Construction started1927
Roof270 feet (82 m)
Technical details
Floor count22
Design and construction
ArchitectCharles Morgan
DesignatedJanuary 12, 1993

The Powhatan or Powhatan Apartments is a 22-story luxury apartment building overlooking Lake Michigan and adjacent to Burnham Park in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.[2] The building was designed by architects Robert De Golyer and Charles L. Morgan.[3] Much of the Art Deco detailing is attributed to Morgan who was associated with Frank Lloyd Wright. The exterior of the luxury-apartment highrise reflects Eliel Saarinen's second place design for the Tribune Tower competition of 1922.[3] The building's terra-cotta ornamental panels feature conventionalized scenes based upon Native American culture.

This housing cooperative is a residential high-rise on Chicago's South Side.[4] The building also hosts the only 24-hour elevator operators in Chicago.[4] Since it and many of the neighboring high-rise apartment buildings are named for Native American tribes (such as the Algonquin, The Chippewa and the Narragansett), the area has been given the tongue-in-cheek name "Indian Village".[5] It was designated a Chicago Landmark on January 12, 1993.[6]


  1. ^ Powhatan Apartments at Emporis
  2. ^ http://www.powhatanchicago.com[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b Alice Sinkevitch, Laurie McGovern Petersen, ed. (2004). AIA Guide to Chicago (2 ed.). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 427. ISBN 0156029081.
  4. ^ a b "The Powhatan". Emporis. 2007. Retrieved May 29, 2007.
  5. ^ "Indian Village, Chicago". Emporis. Retrieved May 14, 2007.
  6. ^ "Powhatan Apartments". City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development, Landmarks Division. 2003. Archived from the original on April 28, 2007. Retrieved May 13, 2007.