With sadness we report that Commissioner Deverra Beverly, Founding Chair of the National Public Housing Museum, transitioned from this world on November 9, 2013. Commissioner Beverly's vision gave birth to the National Public Housing Museum. We will be forever indebted to her unwaivering commitment and forceful dedication to realizing the museum as a place that would recall the civic good of public housing. Please follow this link to her memorial page.
Event coming soon with Lawrence Vale!
The National Public Housing Museum are proud to be co-sponsoring an event with Chicago native, Lawrence Vale, who will be joining us at the Harold Washington Library to talk about his book Purging the Poorest: Public Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Communities.
Date: Thu. January 23, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Harold Washington Library Center
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
400 S. State Street
Program: One Book, One Chicago
Click this link for more information
Museum construction update coming soon!
The National Public Housing Musuem is now virtual!
Click the link below for a virtual visit courtesy of the University of Birmingham, UK
NPHM_UoB_Oct_19_Post_Release.pdf (128 KB)
The National Public Housing Museum is the first cultural institution in the United States dedicated to interpreting the American experience in public housing. The Museum draws on the power of place and memory to illuminate the resilience of poor and working class families of every race and ethnicity to realize the promise of America.
Images: Left: Children play in 1952 at Loomis Courts. Breezeways were called "sidewalks in the air" by the Chicago Housing Authority. Photograph by Harry Callahan
Right: The animal court at the Jane Addams Homes during the early 1950s. Statues by artist Edgar Miller are now being conserved. Photograph from the Chicago Housing Authority Archive