Building Communities, Building Hope
About this Virtual Exhibit
Welcome to the Atlanta Housing Archives Virtual Exhibit: University Homes: Building Communities, Building Hope. We hope you will enjoy this exhibition which presents the history of the first federally funded public housing for African-Americans in the Unites States. The images presented here are for educational purposes only.
Dr. John Hope
Dr. John Hope envisioned a public housing project on the site of the Beaver Slide, the slum area next to the university campus.
Following the Great Depression and the 1922 racial zoning laws, overcrowded populations occupied slums areas where the worst living conditions, crime and disease abounded.
University Homes construction
University Homes' two-story brick buildings were designed utilizing the International Style to be sturdy, with minimal decoration, using optimum square footage with provisions for adequate light, fresh air, and open space between buildings.
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Lugenia Burns Hope, "Mrs. Hope" worked together to advocate for the construction of University Homes and a place of community for its residents.