In 1934, the Metropolitan Housing Council was created to find a solution for the city’s slums and run down tenements.
At the onset, the idea was to rehab all of the run down homes in the city. The council placed two homes, one run down and the other modernized on the island at Wacker and Wabash. The claim was that the dilapidated home could be modernized in one day to look like the shining, gleaming cottage displayed.
When money did not materialize for this project, the council helped pass the Illinois Housing Act, which, along with the federal Housing Act of 1937, led to the first public housing projects built in the city.