Located on 70th Street in Chicago’s Grand Crossing neighborhood, Dorchester Art and Housing Collaborative is the redevelopment of the former Dante Harper housing project into 32 mixed-income rental units composed of 2-3 bedrooms. Brinshore Development, Rebuild Foundation and its founder, Theaster Gates, collaborated with LBBA to create a unique development that brings art-interested public housing residents and practicing artists together.
All buildings have been restored to their original modern design, with the addition of an Arts Center (composed of four former townhomes) in the center of the development. The Arts Center creates an open and inviting space for programming, creating, and displaying art.
All existing major building systems were updated to meet or exceed Enterprise Green Communities Criteria as part of the City of Chicago’s Green Permit program.
Awards2015 Urban Land Institute Vision Award Winner
2015 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Project of the Year, Landmarks Illinois
2016 Illinois American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award
2016 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation 2nd Place Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, CNDA
2016 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award for Creating Community Connection
2016 Distinguished Building Award, Special Recognition for Adaptive Reuse as Catalyst for Social Change, AIA Chicago
ClientDorchester Artist, LLC (The Rebuild Foundation and Brinshore Development LLC)
ContractorBrinshore Construction Management and Old Veterans Construction
Consultantsprism engineering (civil)
site design group (landscape)
RTM & Associates (MEP)
Unit Count32 townhomes: 12 public housing 11 affordable housing 9 market rate