|Construction of the Marshall Field Garden Apartments, located on the block bounded by West Blackhawk Street, North Sedgwick Street, West Siegel Street, and North Hudson Avenue. 1928
This "experiment" aimed not only to provide housing at a reasonable cost but also to provide a catalyst for the renewal of the surrounding area. Marshall Field Garden Apartments was at the time of construction one of two large philanthropic housing developments in Chicago.
Marshall Field Garden Apartments was meant to be the first of three or four similar projects, but the Great Depression kept those plans from coming to fruition. Marshall Field had hoped to provide low-cost housing but land acquisition and construction cost overruns pushed the rent into the moderate range.
All 628 Marshall Field Garden apartments are currently Section-8 assisted living units.
Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.