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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Architect
Corporate Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Fishing
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/1/1946
Birth Location:
Huntsville, Alabama

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Architect
Corporate Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Fishing
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/1/1946
Birth Location:
Huntsville
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Biography

Louis Jones is president of Louis Jones Enterprises, Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors for the Black Contractors United. He was born on July 1, 1946 in Hunstville, Alabama to Arthur and Alberta Jones. His father was a farmer and construction worker in the South, but when his family moved to Chicago his father became a baker with the A&P grocery chain factories. Jones attended Tilden Technical High School before earning his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle in 1973. In 1969, Jones began working for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill architects. In 1973, Jones began working for McKee-Berger-Mansueto as a School Rehab Manager.

In 1975, Jones became a licensed architect and moved to San Francisco, where he worked for a private consulting firm. He moved back to Chicago three years later and began working for Schal Associates. Between 1978 and 1984, Schal Associates built the Avondale Center, Madison Plaza, the Chicago Tribune Printing Plant, and the Magnificent Mile. In 1984, Jones became president of Louis Jones Enterprises, Inc., specializing in engineering, construction, management, consulting, and architecture. The following year, Louis Jones Enterprises, Inc. was part of the $1.7 billion renovation and expansion of O’Hare International Airport. The firm also was hired to work on Provident Hospital in 1990 and McCormick Place in 1997. In 2008, Jones' firm was hired to be part of the team to build the University of Illinois’, the James Stukel Towers student housing complex.

Since 1986, Jones sat on the Board of Directors for Black Contractors United and was elected Chairman of the Board in 1998. He was also selected to serve on the Mayor of Chicago’s Task Force for Minority & Women Business Development in 2005. Jones was a member of the Illinois Capital Development Board and has served as president pro tempore of the Illinois Department of Employment Security Advisory Board.

Louis Jones was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 27, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Louis Jones' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Louis Jones lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Louis Jones describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Louis Jones describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Louis Jones remembers his paternal uncle, James Jones, Jr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Louis Jones talks about his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Louis Jones talks about his family's history of enslavement
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Louis Jones describes his father's work at The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Louis Jones describes his family's community in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Louis Jones describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Louis Jones recalls his homes in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Louis Jones lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Louis Jones describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Louis Jones describes his experiences at Bret Harte Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Louis Jones recalls his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Louis Jones recalls his friends at Bret Harte Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Louis Jones remembers his near drowning at the Hyde Park YMCA in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Louis Jones describes his experiences at Tilden Technical High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Louis Jones talks about his part time job at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Louis Jones remembers his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Louis Jones describes his decision to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Louis Jones remembers the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Louis Jones recalls his peers and professors at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Louis Jones talks about the visiting professors at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Louis Jones describes his architectural thesis
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Louis Jones talks about his favorite architectural style
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Louis Jones describes his part time position at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Louis Jones recalls his graduation from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Louis Jones describes his organizational involvement at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Louis Jones describes his duties at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Louis Jones remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Louis Jones describes his transition to McKee Berger Mansueto, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Louis Jones describes the role of a construction manager
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Louis Jones talks about his construction projects in California and Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Louis Jones describes his building projects with Schal Associates, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Louis Jones describes the founding of Louis Jones Enterprises, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Louis Jones talks about his early projects at Louis Jones Enterprises, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Louis Jones talks about the redevelopment of the Provident Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Louis Jones recalls his work on the Harold Washington Library in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Louis Jones talks about the construction of the McCormick Place South Building in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Louis Jones talks about his involvement with the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Black Contractors United
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Louis Jones talks about his children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Louis Jones talks about the success of Louis Jones Enterprises, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Louis Jones remembers the contracts secured by Louis Jones Enterprises, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Louis Jones describes his current projects at Louis Jones Enterprises, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Louis Jones reflects upon the specialty of Louis Jones Enterprises, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Louis Jones describes his role in the construction of ACE Technical Charter High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Louis Jones talks about his work at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Louis Jones talks about his organizational involvement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Louis Jones describes the changes in building design after September 11, 2001
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Louis Jones describes the process of building a hospital
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Louis Jones describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Louis Jones talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Louis Jones reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Louis Jones narrates his photographs