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Lathrop Homes

Chicago, Illinois

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  • During the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration assembled teams of well-regarded architects to design much-needed housing for low-income families throughout Chicago. Julia C. Lathrop Homes was one such development, but was unusual in terms of its location on the Chicago River on the northside and its diverse workforce population.
  • Almost a century later, as part of Chicago Housing Authority’s Plan for Transformation, Lathrop is undergoing a comprehensive revitalization. In October, officials embarked on the first phase of its site’s rebirth as an affordable/mixed income community under a plan developed by Lathrop Community Partners.
  • Phase 1 consists of the preservation and modernization of 16 historic buildings on the north half of the site. Phase 1 will provide a redeveloped riverfront, six acres of green space, and renovated historic structures. Upon full completion, the revitalized Lathrop will be part of a bustling, diverse and sustainable neighborhood.
  • HED contributed its integrated design expertise and extensive housing knowledge to modernize the historic structures, address accessibility challenges and coordinate new systems not imagined in the original structures.

people involved in this project:

Susan F. King

FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
Housing & Education Design Studio

Michael J. Sullivan

AIA
Chicago

Alan L. Treuthart

AIA, LEEP AP
Project Management Leader