August 8, 2018

UChicago Plans to Raise Fence at President's House by Three Feet

A Department of Planning and Development document shows the University's plans to increase the height of the fence around the President's house.

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The University of Chicago has obtained permission from the city to raise the fence around the President’s house from 6 feet to 9 feet tall.

A letter from the Department of Planning and Development said, “This residence is frequently used to host receptions for dignitaries from around the world that are accompanied by security details, therefore, the University police have long advocated for a higher fence enclosing the backyard.”

The historic University President’s home at 5855 South University Avenue has not always been so secured. Archival photos show that the addition of a fence is a fairly recent development.


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