Wentworth Gardens

In the year 1944 the Chicago Housing Authority decided to build another public housing complex in this area to house African Americans because the nearby Bridgeport Homes were only for whites, the CHA hired designer Loebl & Schlossman to construct this 422 unit 2 row house complex. These projects were …

Leclaire Courts

The Leclaire Courts were the most unique public housing projects in Chicago history because these were the first projects that were built on the outer edge of the city and also within an all-white neighborhood with a fairly higher population.  Most of the projects built before and after the Leclaire …

Madden Park Homes

The Madden Park Homes were the last public housing project to be completed in Chicago as they were complete in the year 1970.  Although public housing projects were forbidden from being built starting in 1969 the Madden Park project was already in planning since 1961; however, the projects were not …

Ogden Courts

The Ogden Courts public housing project was the only project built in the North Lawndale neighborhood.  In the year 1953 it was noticed that North Lawndale had a very large and growing African American population; therefore, public housing was brought to the community for lower income black families.  The project …

Jane Addams Homes

The Jane Addams Homes were one of the first Chicago Housing Authority projects to be built in the late 1930s when the city decided to provide housing for the city’s poor, this was also the first project built within the ABLA housing project cluster. In the year 1938 the Jane …

Maplewood Courts

This project complex was one of CHA’s later developments that were built as two 7 story mid-rise towers in the year 1961.  These were basically an extension of the Rockwell Gardens; however, they were a complex of their own.  When the Rockwell Gardens started to experience crime, gangs and drug …

Lowden Homes

These projects were built in 1942 and completed in 1943 in the racially conflicting community of Roseland that was having conflicts between blacks and whites.  The complex was built as a 128-unit 2 story row house public housing project.  The CHA informed Roseland residents that these projects were only meant …

Loomis Courts

The Loomis Courts housing project was the third set of projects built within the “ABLA” housing projects cluster that was built between 1938 and 1961.  Construction of the Loomis Courts began in October of 1950 as the second project complex within the ABLA for African Americans only which was a …

Lawndale Gardens Homes

These projects were constructed in the year 1942 and complete in December of that year.  These projects were built in the all-white Little Village neighborhood to house impoverished white families in an experiment that the CHA launched for small scale public housing.  These projects consisted of 128 units on a …

Julia C. Lathrop Homes

The Julia C. Lathrop homes are the first project in the city of Chicago.  The projects were named after Julia C. Lathrop who was a social reformer who was the United States Children’s Bureau director from 1912 to 1922. In 1937 the Chicago Housing Authority got together with a highly …