A riverfront reimagined.
A 1930s development gets a new lease on life.
Continuing a tradition of collaboration.
During the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) assembled teams of well-regarded architects to design much-needed housing for low-income families throughout Chicago. Almost a century later, Lathrop has undergone a comprehensive transformation.
Part of Chicago Housing Authorities’ (CHA’s) groundbreaking plan for transformation, which seeks to combine CHA, affordable and market rate housing into single, mixed income developments, Lathrop continues the tradition of collaboration.
The HED team contributed its integrated design expertise and extensive housing experience to modernize this historic complex. The transformation incorporates health, wellness, accessibility and sustainability strategies. The overall project has LEED and Green Enterprise Community certification, becoming one of the largest Green Enterprise Communities in the United States to date.
The revitalized Lathrop is now a bustling, diverse and sustainable community on Chicago’s rapidly evolving riverfront, including 414 mixed-income residences, 16 of which are of the original 32 buildings. Today, Lathrop is home to two- and three-story, high quality walk-up residences, accommodating a range of mixed income levels. The property’s historic Great Lawn, which fronts the Chicago River, provides a green space for both the residents and the surrounding community to enjoy.