Last week, the 20th Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA) recognized local developers, non-profits, and architects who have worked to improve communities through outstanding architectural contributions to Chicago neighborhoods. Awarding the best of the year’s neighborhood-focused developments, CNDA is a time to celebrate as well as reflect on the changing needs of our neighborhoods and how they are being met by the city’s robust community of neighborhood developers and organizations. Landon Bone Baker Architects was honored to receive both the First Place (Harvest Commons Apartments) and Third Place (The Jackson at Woodlawn Park) Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Architectural Excellence in Community Design.
Harvest Commons Apartments
1st Place Driehaus Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design
Client: Heartland Housing, First Baptist Congregational Church
Team: Linn-Mathes, Inc.; McKay Landscape Architects; AP Engineering Services; Prism Engineering; dbHMS; GFGR, Inc.; McGuire Igleski & Associates; GreenWorks Studio; Heartland Human Care Services; Jennifer Murtoff; archi-treasures
The Jackson at Woodlawn Park
3rd Place Driehaus Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design
Client: Preservation of Affordable Housing
Team: Linn-Mathes, Inc.; Conservation Design Forum; Prism Engineering; Matrix Engineering Corp; RTM & Associates; Kouba-Cavallo Associates, Inc.
We are also very proud to have been involved in The Resurrection Project’s Back of the Yards Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative, winner of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Outstanding Non-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project, and Voice of the People of Uptown and the Chicago Community Development Corporation’s Hazel Winthrop Apartments, winner of the Polk Bros. Foundation Affordable Rental Housing Preservation Award.
Photo credits- Harvest Commons 1: Wayne Cable Photos; Harvest Commons 2: Shane Welch Photography; Harvest Commons 3: Wayne Cable Photos; The Jackson 1: Mathias Heyden and Ines Schaber, Where If Not Us? Participatory Design and Its Radical Approaches; The Jackson 2: Ballogg Photography; The Jackson 3: Jerry Luterman.
Earlier this month, AIA Chicago’s Community Interface Committee welcomed the 2011 Latrobe Prize-winning authors of “Wisdom from the Field: Public Interest Architecture in Practice” to discuss what makes today’s public interest practices work. LBBA’s Peter Landon, an interviewee during their research, was a featured speaker in the afternoon session. He later joined John Syvertsen (Cannon Design), Katherine Darnstadt (Latent Design), and Mark Jolicoeur (Perkins + Will) for a panel discussion on strategies for engaging in public interest design. Moderated by Latrobe Prize recipient Roberta Feldman, the group of practitioners was asked to compare each firm’s work to conventional architectural practices and reflect on the growth of public interest design over several decades.
The Chicago Architecture Blog recounts how each panelist described the impact of their work in the article “When Doing Good for the Community is Good for the Architect.”
Peter Landon summed up the feelings of his peers when he said his firm isn’t mission-driven, “but we’re a firm with a mission.” He pointed to one rehab project he’s particularly proud of: Harvest Commons Apartments. “To get people off the streets and to a place where they can feel proud of their home is good work to do,” Landon said.
The former Diplomat SRO reopened its doors for an open house on January 30 as the renovated Fred and Pamela Buffett Place, a 51-unit development in Lakeview that delivers supportive, affordable options to a population in need of housing, health care, employment assistance, and an array of other supportive services.
“With fewer and fewer affordable housing options for the population that we serve, Thresholds is very proud to be leading the movement towards a new affordable housing model,” said Thresholds CEO Mark Ishaug. “Buffett Place is a reality because of a partnership that combines the expertise of service providers, the business acumen of the private sector, and a commitment from government officials to support efforts that preserve housing and services to a vulnerable population.”
During last Friday’s 8th Annual Three Kings Day Celebration, Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA) presented its inaugural Legacy Award to Landon Bone Baker Architects. LBBA has been working with LUCHA for over 25 years to transform empty lots and rundown buildings into safe, decent housing close to schools, parks, and other services. Together, we have built and renovated over 175 units of affordable housing in Humboldt Park. Yerba Buena, a scattered site housing project located near the Bloomingdale Trail, is currently being conceived and developed to nurture health and healthy living.
ReBuilding Exchange hosted a “Make It Take It” Workshop with Thresholds to create coat hangers for the Diplomat SRO project. LBBA joined Thresholds members in making one piece for each of the 51 units!
Last Saturday, Brand New Beginnings hosted an interactive charrette with local residents and community leaders to develop ideas for the redevelopment of 58th Street in Washington Park. The workshop focused on neighborhood development strategies and sustainable planning for the blighted four-block corridor between Michigan Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. LBBA’s Jeff Bone, Terran Wilson, and Maggie Jarr facilitated the session which included: a community breakfast, introduction to the project, walk along the site, and small working group discussions. Each group presented ideas on how to achieve a healthier neighborhood, such as supportive housing, after school programs, job training, ‘pass-it-down’ culinary classes, and better access to fitness and technology centers.
The charrette was supported by a grant from Enterprise Green Communities, an initiative of Enterprise Community Partners that provides funds and expertise to enable affordable housing developers to build and rehabilitate homes that are healthier, more energy efficient, and better for the environment. A second charrette will take place early next year to explore green strategies and resident engagement.
Residents, community members, and elected officials participated last Thursday in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of The Grant at Woodlawn Park. The newly built 33-unit affordable housing complex marks the second phase of the Woodlawn Park Redevelopment. Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) is redeveloping the existing Section 8 complex, Grove Parc Plaza Apartments, in six phases as a healthier mixed-income, transit-oriented development community. With the completion of The Grant, POAH has replaced three full blocks along Cottage Grove Avenue. The Jackson at Woodlawn Park was previously completed as the first phase and consists of 67 units. Construction on phase three, a senior building, is expected to begin early next year.
Chicago Asthma Consortium is hosting a meeting this Wednesday, November 13 to improve understanding about the impact of the home environment on asthma, and to create a dialogue among medical, asthma, and housing professionals about asthma-friendly housing. LBBA’s Catherine Baker serves on the CAC Board of Directors and will participate on the panel discussion:
Asthma and Housing
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
University Center, 525 S. State St.
Registration: 7:30 – 8:00 AM
Program: 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Panelists to include:
Charlene Andreas, LUCHA
Catherine Baker, Landon Bone Baker Architects
John Bartlett, Metropolitan Tenants Organization
Ginger Chew, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Vairneke Lesley, University of Illinois at Chicago
Cort Lohff, MD, Chicago Department of Public Health
Molly Martin, MD, Rush University Medical Center
Sophia Ragland, Caregiver
Harvest Commons Apartments was honored with a Distinguished Building Award during AIA Chicago’s 58th Annual Design Excellence Awards 2013 Designight at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom on Friday, October 25. The project, which includes 89 below-market affordable housing units and an additional 17 units of transitional housing for women recently released from prison, is a rehabilitation of a classic Art Deco building that had fallen into disrepair. “The restoration fully integrates with the city’s past and its program with the farm adds to its future,” a juror said. “The repair of the facade alone was great. The layer of programs and commercial space makes this more than a space. It’s a place,” another juror said. LBBA accepted the award alongside representatives from Heartland Housing, First Baptist Congregational Church, and Linn-Mathes, Inc.
Check out the latest editions of Chicago Architect and The Architect’s Newspaper for additional write-ups on Harvest Commons!
Construction has finally begun on Dorchester Artist Housing Collaborative! Dorchester Artist Housing Collaborative is the redevelopment of the former CHA Dante Harper housing project into 32 mixed-income rental units centered around an arts and culture center. Landon Bone Baker Architects is working with Brinshore Development, Rebuild Foundation, and Theaster Gates, founder of Rebuild Foundation, to transform these unused buildings into thriving hubs of cultural activity within Chicago’s Grand Crossing neighborhood. The residential space will include a mix of artist housing, market rate units, and affordable housing units with arts and cultural programming for residents of the Collaborative and the neighborhood.
Interior demolition work is now complete and extensive tuckpointing/masonry repair is underway. Thank you to Rebuild Foundation for posting the full set of photos!