A rendering of the renovated Lathrop Homes with a restored central courtyard. PHOTO: COURTESY OF LATHROP COMMUNITY PARTNERS
The redevelopment of the historic Lathrop Homes will deliver 1,116 mixed-income residences to a prominent 32-acre site along the Chicago River’s North Branch. McDonald and Miller both praise this year’s groundbreaking for the first phase, which is being completed by a high-profile cast of developers and architects.
“The Lathrop Homes renovation was a long preservation effort between numerous groups,” Miller says. Local, state, and national-level organizations collaborated to ensure the preservation of many of the original masonry buildings that were constructed in the 1930s.
McDonald hopes that the Lathrop redevelopment will see more original structures saved and restored. “We will continue to advocate for more preservation,” McDonald says. “But we’re thrilled to see progress moving forward after 17 years of planning.”