The National Public Housing Museum is the only cultural institution devoted to telling the story of public housing in America. Our mission is to preserve, promote, and propel the right of all Americans to a place where they can live and prosper—a place to call home. Honoring the power of place, the Museum will activate the last building of the historic Jane Addams Homes on Chicago's Near West Side.
We believe housing is a human right and that our communities are made stronger by fair, equitable housing.
Housing as a Human Right
October 12, 2017 - ongoing
The National Public Housing Museum and Archeworks partner to explore housing as a human right with students from Archeworks’ Postgraduate Certificate in Public Interest Design and former and current public housing residents. With architectural artifacts recovered from the Jane Addams Homes and oral histories of housing residents as source material, the joint curatorial team presents a dynamic exhibition that challenges mainstream narratives about public housing. The exhibit will include architectural and design interventions, a poetic ruin, artworks, design projects, critical writing, and a candy store that reflects the entrepreneurial spirit of public housing residents.