The National Public Housing Museum involves phased conversion of the 33,000 square-feet Jane Addams Housing Project into a museum for public housing. The shell of the building is preserved along with apartments used as exhibition rooms. The rest is reconfigured to create a space optimal for exhibition. In addition to its basic exhibition functions, the museum design holds a library, research spaces and a restaurant in the front of the building. The creation of many of these spaces require additions onto the existing building, both on the eastern side and most dramatically, in front where a new screened facade boldly asserts this museum’s presence onto Taylor Street.
University Village, Chicago, IL
National Public Housing Museum