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Arthur Goldberg, Supreme Court Justice, as a child in the Maxwell Street neighborhood


Goldberg family

Arthur Goldberg (1908-1990), Secretary of Labor for President Kennedy and Supreme Court Justice appointed by President Kennedy (1962-65), is shown here on the stoop of his early Maxwell Street neighborhood home at the age of three. Arthur’s father Joseph Goldberg broke a long line of family rabbis when he emigrated from Russia and became a fruit and vegetable peddler. Goldberg’s father died in 1916, forcing Goldberg’s siblings to quit school and go to work to support the family. As the youngest child, Goldberg was allowed to continue school, but worked jobs on the side to help support his family. Goldberg attended classes and lectures at nearby Hull House, which aimed to educate recent European immigrants. (Credit: Courtesy of Barbara and Duncan Goldberg, 1911)

At 717 W. Maxwell Street today, there is a façade formerly on Halsted, where one of the building’s upper flats was an early residence of Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg.  The façade was formerly at 1245 S. Halsted/735-41 W. O’Brien St., from the Halsted side, before the city/UIC redevelopment of the area in the 2000s. The façade belonged to a three-story brick building constructed by Max Hoffmann as a store and flats in 1922, replacing the old façade at the time of this photo of Arthur Goldberg. Designed by Levy and Klein, the handsome Tudor Revival style façade has limestone details that contrast against the chocolate brown brick.