Q: Who is Paul Harris?
A: Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary Club of Chicago and Rotary International.
Q: Who manages the Paul Harris Home?
A: The Home is managed by the Paul and Jean Harris Home Foundation, a not-for-profit Illinois corporation established in 2004. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, which entitles donors to exempt donations from United States income tax. The purpose of the Foundation is owning, operating, renovating, and maintaining the former Home of Paul and Jean Harris.
Q: Has the Home always be owned by Rotary/the Paul and Jean Harris Home Foundation?
A: No. The residence was acquired from a private owner in 2005, 100 years after it was built in 1905. The Paul and Jean Harris Home Foundation was created to purchase the Home.
Q: Where is the Paul Harris Home located?
A: The Paul Harris Home is at 10856 South Longwood Drive, Chicago, Illinois. It is in the Ridge Historic District in the Beverly neighborhood on the south side of Chicago.
Q: What is the Beverly neighborhood like?
A: The Beverly neighborhood is known for its famous architecture, with homes designed by the famed architects Frank Lloyd Wright and George Washington Maher. Beverly has strong Irish heritage roots, displayed in Chicago’s South Side Irish parade. Beverly prides itself on its community involvement, particularly in the public schools.
Q: How long did Paul Harris live in the Home?
A: Paul and Jean Harris lived in the residence for 35 years, from 1912 until 1947, when Paul Harris passed away in the Home on January 27, 1947. Paul Harris is buried two miles away at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Q: Will the Home be wheelchair accessible?
A: Yes, the Home is wheelchair accessible, complete with an elevator to take visitors to the visual center in the basement and the upstairs deck and Paul and Jean Harris’ bedroom.
Q: Is there an entrance fee?
A: Not at the present time as the Home is still being renovated. Once the renovation is complete, the Paul Harris Home Foundation will publish a schedule and any admission fee for visiting.