Supreme Life Building

Cornerstone of the Bronzeville Community

The supreme life building became an informal center for African American business and culture in Chicago in its early years. It was built by architect Albert Anis as “the Liberty Life Building” in 1921 and served as the headquarters for the Supreme Life Insurance Company. The building was renamed during the Depression to its current title.

It was the first Black owned and operated insurance company in the northern United States. The firm played an important role in providing life insurance to Chicago's African-American community, and became one of the largest African-American owned business in the northern states, as well as a symbol of the predominantly black Bronzeville neighborhood's economic success from the 1920s to the 1950s.

YEAR BUILT: 1921
SQUARE FOOTAGE: XXX
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