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October 20, 2020
Lathrop Homes receives 2020 Landmarks IL Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Rehabilitation
HED is both honored and gratified to share that the Lathrop Homes has been awarded the ENR Midwest Best Project of 2020 Residential/Hospitality category and more recently the Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Rehabilitation!

Landmarks Illinois is the state’s leading voice for historic preservation and is a key facilitator, promoter and educator on historic preservation, encompassing architecturally and historically significant sites, structures and districts in all the cities, towns and rural areas of Illinois. As stated on Landmark's website:

"A Nationally Registered Historic Place - the Julia C. Lathrop Homes project has produced 414 mixed-income residences for Chicago’s North Side and restored 16 of the original 32 buildings first constructed in 1938 under the Public Works Administration. The first phase of the project – completed in 2019 – is the result of a seven-year planning process led by Lathrop Community Partners (LCP) that included community engagement and thoughtful consideration for how one of the nation’s earliest public housing projects should be reused to serve residents. The rehabilitated campus is home to two- and three-story, walk-up rowhouses, property management and retail space, a boat house, woodshop and a future community room for residents. The property’s Great Lawn, which fronts the Chicago River, originally a Jens Jensen design, has also been restored as a green space for both the Lathrop residents and the surrounding community to enjoy."
"By saving the buildings and preserving the Lathrop name, LCP sought to honor the legacy of the Lathrop community, which includes the individuals and families who live there now or lived there in the past. LCP also seeks to honor the advocates who fought to ensure that Lathrop would remain affordable and would not be demolished and wiped clean. The design opens access to the riverfront so that both Lathrop residents and surrounding neighbors can now engage with one of the city’s greatest natural assets, the Chicago River."

Development Team: Lathrop Community Partners (comprised of): Related Midwest, Heartland Housing, Bickerdike Redevelopment Corp.

bKL Architecture
Juan Gabriel Moreno Architects

Landscape Architect: Michael Van Valkenburgh Architects
Exterior Envelope Consultant: McGuire Igleski
Historic Consultant: MacRostie Historic Advisors, LLC
Master Plan: Farr & Associates

You can read more about the Lathrop story on the Landmarks Illinois website or HED project story using the links below.
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