Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative is Awarded Landmarks Illinois Preservation Award for Project of the Year

Events taking place at the Art Center at DA+HC (Photos by Sara Pooley)

Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative (DA+HC) was awarded the Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Project of the Year. The award recognizes projects that make possible the continued use of a historic commercial/industrial, residential, or public/institutional structure. DA+HC was recognized for its implementation of  rehabilitation, restoration, stabilization, stewardship, and sustainability.

DA+HC is a cornerstone project of Rebuild Foundation’s (Rebuild) broader vision to reactivate underutilized and abandoned buildings in Chicago’s Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood as part of an ambitious movement of community rejuvenation. The unique partnership and expertise of Rebuild Foundation, Brinshore Development, the CHA and Landon Bone Baker Architects brought new life and meaning into the abandoned 80’s CHA public housing project – showcasing the value of existing buildings as catalysts for social change through the integration of art, architecture, and community involvement.

To register for the Awards Celebration, visit the Landmarks Illinois website.

LBBA to Participate in Chicago Architecture Biennial

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Landon Bone Baker Architects will be participating in the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB), taking place October 2015 to January 2016. The Biennial provides a platform for groundbreaking architectural projects and spatial experiments that demonstrate how creativity and innovation can radically transform our lived experience. LBBA has been invited to take part in an exhibition titled BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago. Curated by Iker Gil of Mas Studio, the exhibition will showcase work by Chicago-based architects and will present new ideas and alternative development scenarios for the city.

The roster of participants includes:

3D Design Studio
Ania Jaworska
Central Standard Office of Design
Landon Bone Baker Architects
Tigerman McCurry

Along with the exhibition, a panel discussion will take place on Tuesday, November 24 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Each participating team will discuss their proposals, focusing on the specific issues that the projects address and the possibilities they generate. To RSVP and for more information, visit the Biennial website.

“Out of the Loop: Vernacular Architecture Forum”

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Archer Courts Townhomes and Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative are featured in Out of the Loop: Vernacular Architecture Forum. The Vernacular Architecture Forum is an organization that is “dedicated to the appreciation and study of ordinary buildings and landscapes.”

In June 2015, the Vernacular Architecture Forum met in Chicago and got “Out of the Loop” to explore Chicago’s built environment through the lens of the conference’s theme, Neighborhoods in Transition. Out of the Loop: Vernacular Architecture Forum Chicago is published in conjunction with the forum as a companion piece, able to expound on the forum’s programs while also answering the question “Why Chicago?”


Metropolis Magazine: “Creating Communities”

lbb architects16(2)LBBA’s Rosa Park Apartments were featured in a Metropolis Magazine interview with Katie Swenson, vice president of national design initiatives at Enterprise Community Partners. The Apartments were described as being part of a strategy that “helped evenly disperse affordable housing and reverse the psychological effects of neighborhood deterioration by filling vacant lots.”

Rosa Park Apartments were built in partnership with Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation and Humboldt Construction.

Sierra Magazine: “A Historical Hotel Reborn for a Green Age”

2015-9-ComfortZone-ph1-ss-WBHarvest Commons was featured in Sierra Magazine as “an icon of second chances and sustainability.”

Young Design Superstar: Fariha Wajid Makes the Right Connections


LBBA’s Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Fariha Wajid was featured in a Newcity article that discusses her journey through her architectural studies as a Chicago Public School (CPS) student. Fariha took advantage of the many opportunities available to CPS students through institutions like the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Marwen Foundation.

“Fariha’s is a uniquely Chicago story. In her short career, she’s already worked with some of the most interesting women in the design community, including Jeanne Gang, Zoe Ryan and now, Catherine Baker at Landon Bone Baker Architects (LBBA). Early on, she took advantage of every design-related program available to CPS students, starting with the Marwen Foundation in the seventh grade. By her sophomore year, the Chicago Architecture Foundation awarded her a junior apprenticeship at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin. During her junior year, she joined the ACE Mentor Program and was awarded a scholarship. Through her participation with CAF, she secured a coveted internship reserved for a CPS student at Studio Gang.

Soon, Fariha will be working for the firm full-time doing outreach and communications, organizing charrettes, leading the firm’s nationally recognized CityLab, and cultivating external relationships.”

Chicago Architecture Foundation “Behind the Scenes” Tour of Buffett Place

On Thursday, Jeff Bone and Claudia Rodriguez from LBBA gave a tour of the Fred and Pamela Buffett Place, a completely renovated, environmentally-friendly, supportive housing community. The event was part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) “Behind the Scenes” tours. Buffett Place, formerly known as the Diplomat SRO, is a 51-unit green residential and transit-oriented development which provides affordable housing and supportive services to individuals with mental illnesses or at risk of homelessness. The major renovation required the dramatic removal of a one-story structure to create a protected courtyard, bringing light into the center of the building where trained staff provides mental health and wellness programming. Joined by other LBBA architects, Jeff and Claudia gave a tour of the historic courtyard, common areas and the new roof top deck.





Behind the Scenes: Buffett Place

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Chicago Architecture Foundation presents “Behind the Scenes: Buffet Place.”

Come see the Fred and Pamela Buffett Place—a completely renovated, environmentally-friendly, supportive housing community by Landon Bone Baker Architects in 2014. This transformation of the 1920s Diplomat Hotel in Lakeview won a Chicago Neighborhood Development Award for Architectural Excellence. Join Jeff Bone and Claudia Rodriguez from Landon Bone Baker for tours of the historic courtyard, common areas and the new roof top deck.

Cost: $15 CAF members / $20 non-members
Location: 3208 N. Sheffield Ave.

Register for the tour here.

Best rehab of a public housing project into artists’ housing



Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative was featured in Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago” list as the “best rehab of a public housing project into artists’ housing.”

“A series of two-story redbrick town houses that spread across two blocks on 70th Street in the Grand Crossing neighborhood, it had been abused, but had pleasing lines and was only 31 years old. Gates, his Rebuild Foundation, and his partners at Brinshore Development were proposing a public-private redevelopment for it designed by Landon Bone Baker Architects. Their plan was to turn it into 32 two- and three-bedroom units of mixed-income (subsidized, affordable, and market-rate) housing, anchored by a flexible arts space, with artists in the tenant mix. Renamed the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, it opened last fall, a fully occupied and inviting complex with handsome recessed doorways, chamfered corners, and mature trees that overhang wooden decks and gardens. Activities in its glassy little art center—currently a weekly yoga class and a monthly community circle—are programmed by the Rebuild Foundation.”

Parks for All? Affordable housing battles rising rents along Chicago’s newest park.

3-Flat-A-Color_revisedCheck out The Architect’s Newspaper article featuring “Tierra Linda,” a Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA) project, that consists of 43 units of affordable housing near The 606, Chicago’s new linear park and bike corridor. The article includes an interview with Charlene Andreas, LUCHA’s Director of Building Development and LBBA principal, Catherine Baker.

“We’re serving some of the last opportunities in this area to provide affordable housing,” said Charlene Andreas, LUCHA’s Director of Building Development.

Tierra Linda is one of a half dozen affordable housing projects near The 606 that will comprise more than 300 residences, according to the city’s Department of Planning and Development.

LBBA, LUCHA, and the wider network of area non-profit affordable housing advocates said The 606 will have an overall positive impact on its low-income neighbors. They said the diversity-retaining elements of affordable housing are as much a selling point as new park space, or the accompanying commercial development.

“What makes me optimistic is the amount of support that came with all of the community meetings,” said Catherine Baker of LBBA. “There were a lot of new people to Humboldt Park, and they specifically moved [there] because of the diversity; they liked the mix of incomes, and they want to keep it that way. They’re fighting for that, and they’re the newcomers.”