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Rosenwald Courts Timeline

Life at Rosenwald Courts has changed and shifted throughout the years. Read through our timeline to learn more about how this extraordinary building has shaped and been shaped by the changing world around it.


Julius Rosenwald visits Vienna, Austria. He tours municipal housing projects and is inspired by their attention to quality of life, especially the gardens and play areas they include.


Construction of the Michigan Boulevard Garden Apartments, today known as Rosenwald Courts, is complete. The complex totals 454 units, including an acquisition and use of the 33 apartments in the nearby 3-story buildings.

1930 — 1950:

The heyday of Bronzeville. The population increases from 137,000 to over 193,000 people, and the area thrives.

1950 — 1990:

With the outlawing of housing segregation, the Bronzeville area starts to decline. Families move from crowded apartments to find new housing. Local authorities start to demolish substandard buildings and new, large-scale public housing is built. The population of Bronzeville declines to less than 67,000 people.


The Rosenwald is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

1990 — 2010:

The city starts to demolish the large-scale public housing projects. In their place, mixed-income affordable housing developments are built on a smaller scale.


A gas leak develops at the Rosenwald. The building is closed and all residents are relocated.


The Rosenwald is placed on the National Trust's "Eleven Most Endangered Historic Places" list.

December 31, 2014:

Capital funding is secured to rehabilitate Rosenwald Courts.

January 2015:

New construction begins on Rosenwald Courts.

Fall/Winter 2016:

A legacy rebuilt! 239 residential units, office and retail spaces were completed. The community is fully occupied.