Around Town: Maywood’s Gunzert House Is A Window To Black History

Sunday, April 22, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: The windows of the historic Gunzert House in Maywood apparently depict scenes of slaves escaping. | Ruth Black/Facebook 

One Maywood native was so intrigued by a house in the village she came across over the weekend that she took photos and posted them to Facebook.

The historic Gustav Gunzert House, which was designated a local historic landmark in 2014, has windows that apparently depict scenes of slaves escaping. The home, located at 216 S. 10th Ave. in Maywood, was built in 1882 and is owned by the Maywood Park District.

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The historic Gunzert House in Maywood, where the windows depict an Underground Railroad scene. | Ruth Black/Facebook 

When she noticed the photos on Facebook, Dawn Rone, the president of the Maywood Park District Commission, offered a detailed explanation of the window art work.

“Local Maywood artist Ronald Powell created the art work,” wrote Rone. “This is also the site where DePaul University Archaeological Urban Field School students conducted excavations from 2013 to 2016  […].”

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The historic Gunzert House in Maywood, where the windows depict an Underground Railroad scene. | Ruth Black/Facebook 

Rone added that the home is located in the village’s “Restricted Covenant Area,” the only area in Maywood where people of color (including African Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanics) were allowed to live “from 1887 to the early 1960’s.” 

“There are historical markers at the entrance of these areas also created by Ronnie Powell at 10th Ave. and Madison to 14th Ave. and Madison, and 10th Ave. and St. Charles to 14th Ave. and St. Charles Rd.,” Rone wrote. “Our previous executive director Antoinette ‘Toni’ Dorris came up with the idea to create a focal point for the property.” VFP 

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