Today’s Google doodle pays homage to Jane Addams and the Hull House, one of her biggest contributions to history, on her 153rd birthday. But what exactly did the Hull House offer and where does it stand now?
On busy Halsted Street in the Near West Side of Chicago, the Jane Addams Hull House is nestled in a corner of the University of Illinois-Chicago campus, just a quaint Victorian-style home, leafy courtyard, and empty dining hall.
But the historical significance of this house, and its founder, Jane Addams, lives on in the fields of sociology, feminism, pacifism, and education to this day.
And today, the Hull House got a second life in digital form. In honor of the 153rd birthday of Ms. Addams, Google created an online Hull House as its home page logo.
The doodle depicts a cheery red house with a gray roof. Inside, two students discuss research, a child paints, a woman (presumably Addams) chats with two children, a woman doctor checks on a patient, and a teacher reads to children. These were a few of the many functions of the Hull House: a place for scholars to study sociology and social work, a place where children were accepted and encouraged to create, a resource for health and education in the neighborhood. Today, these seem like normal social services. At the time, this was revolutionary.