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Lathrop Homes

Diversey Parkway at
Damen Avenue, Chicago
(Cook County)



This 30-building complex is one of the city’s oldest and most unique low-cost housing projects. It was built in 1935-38 by the Public Works Administration, based on a design scheme by an architectural “dream team” headed by Robert DeGolyer and including Hugh M.G. Garden and Tallmadge & Watson. The landscape plan was by Jens Jensen and the 35-acre site along the Chicago River features dramatic vistas, curving streets, and mature trees. The two-story rowhouses and three- and four-story apartment blocks were a desirable location for returning World War II veterans and countless thousands since. In July of 2006, the Chicago Housing Authority announced plans to raze the entire complex for 1,200 new mixed-income apartments, condominiums, and town homes. With the recent demolition of the Jane Addams Homes, Lathrop is one of the last examples of the city’s early public housing legacy.








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