The Aldine Square town homes. These town homes were built in 1874 and were the home of many Chicago wealthy elites that proudly called this place home. In the 1920s the white elite began to move out as lower income black families moved in, soon after the town homes began their earliest stages of decline by the 1930s. in 1938 the town homes were razed to make way for the Ida B. Wells public housing project.