HED Architects and Landon Bone Baker Architects are behind the museum’s design. It will occupy the last building of the Jane Addams Homes, with others having been demolished from 2002 to 2007. This project is part of the Roosevelt Square masterplan, which involves a mix of renovated and newly constructed apartments.
The project will come with 15 mixed-income apartments. The museum portion will showcase public housing stories through art, narratives, and photos. There will also be a collection from public housing residents and a music room.
Features of the museum include a sculpture garden with Edgar Miller’s art and three apartment displays showing different public housing eras. There will also be an Entrepreneurship Hub for local businesses and startups.
As far as public transit, the museum is near the Blue Line at the Racine station and bus routes 12, 60, and 157.
BOWA Construction, Blackwood Group, and MIKK handle the museum’s construction, while GMA Construction works on the residential sections. With funding from city, state, and private sources, the $14.5 million project is set to open this fall.