Before Hollywood, Chicago made its mark on the film industry with one of the first and most successful silent film studios in the world.
Essanay Studios was founded in 1907 by George Spoor and G.M. Anderson and moved into the Uptown neighborhood the following year. It was soon to become the birth place of iconic stars and ground breaking films.
Thousands of productions and nearly a hundred years later, the Essanay lot is now home to St. Augustine College, which is spearheading the initiative to restore the location.
The plan, and it’s $3 million dollar price tag, will take restore the entryway and studio façade close to the original while turning the interior into a space for small theatre, dance and education.
For more information, log on to the Restore and Save Essanay Studios Project website.