Robert S. Abbott House

Robert S. Abbott House

The Robert S. Abbott House is a historic house at 4742 South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in the Grand Boulevard community area of Chicago, Illinois.

Built about 1900, it was home from 1926 until his death of Robert S. Abbott (1870-1940), founder and publisher of the Chicago Defender, the largest-circulation African-American newspaper in the nation.

Abbott started this newspaper in 1905 in which he heartened blacks in southern United States to move into north far from racist south.

Abbott became one of the few self-made black millionaires in the early 20th century.

His home was designated a National Historic Landmark status in 1976.

This is a private residence and not open to the public.