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Development Watch: Public Housing Museum

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With a near-lock on funding and a new design philosophy, it would appear the National Public Housing Museum is about ready to start construction on its first permanent home on the 1300 block of Taylor Street. That's the word from president and CEO Keith Magee, given to the Chicago Journal. Vague plans have been in the works since 2006, but the challenge of raising $5M to rehab a piece of the old Jane Addams Homes and community opposition to the prior modern, glassy conception held up the process. Landon Bone Baker's new take on the project discards the clumsy curtain-wall in favor of a more delicate adaptation of the original 1938 housing structure. Care to see more? An exterior rendering and video are available here. [Chicago Journal, previously]