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Marshall Field Garden Apartments

Field, Marshall, Garden Apartments
Location 1336--1452 Sedgwick St., 1337--1453 Hudson Ave., 400--424 Evergreen St. and 401--425 Blackhawk St., Chicago, Illinois
Area 5 acres (2.0 ha)
Architectural style Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements
Governing body Federal
NRHP Reference # 91001691[1]
Added to NRHP December 17, 1991

The Marshall Field Garden Apartments is a large non-governmental subsidized housing project in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. The project occupies two square city blocks and was the largest moderate-income housing development in the U.S. at the time of construction in 1929. Marshall Field Garden Apartments has 628 units within 10 buildings.


  • Experiment 1
  • Location 2
  • Security 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


This "experiment", built by Marshall Field III, aimed not only to provide housing at a reasonable cost but also to provide a catalyst for renewal of the surrounding area. Marshall Field Garden Apartments was at the time of construction one of two large philanthropic housing developments in Chicago. The other was Michigan Boulevard Garden Apartments, at 47th and Michigan. Both were built in 1929 and both were modeled after the Dunbar Apartments built by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., in 1926 in Harlem, New York City.[2] Construction was financed by Marshall Field III.


Marshall Field Garden Apartments is located on 1450 North Sedgwick in Chicago, Illinois 60610. Marshall Field Gardens Apartments is a populated place located in Cook County at a latitude of 41.908 and longitude -87.639.The elevation is 594 feet. Marshall Field Garden Apartments appears on the Chicago Loop U.S. Geological Survey Map. Cook County is the Central Time Zone (UTC -6 hours) which Marshall Fields Gardens Apartments have. [3]


A former entrance to the apartments that has been fenced off
current entrance to Marshall Field Garden Apartments

A controversial security system was installed in 1999 to control access and provide valuable investigative information.[4] In Chicago, Marshall Field Garden Apartment Homes and Skyline Towers found a solution to such problems by installing biometric devices.

See also

Chicago Housing Authority

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ Devereux Bowly, Jr. "Subsidized Housing". The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Jeremy Appel (1 August 1999). "High-tech security in low-income housing". Archived from the original on 23 September 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2009. 

External links

  • University of Chicago Archive
  • HUD Profile
  • Hometown Locator
  • Writeup on Security System

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