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Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative

Location: Chicago

Type: Preservation: Restoration & Rehab
Use: Mixed-Income Residential Rental
Cost: $11 million
Status: Complete Fall 2014


This exciting partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority, the Rebuild Foundation and its founder, internationally acclaimed artist Theaster Gates, will create Chicago’s first ‘art-centered’ family community. Five buildings in the south side’s Grand Crossing neighborhood will house 32 townhomes and an art center, with 12 rental units set aside for public housing residents, 11 offered as affordable rentals, and 9 provided at market rates. Artist residents, particularly artists and musicians of color, will volunteer programming and training to low-income families and children in the development, with the Rebuild Foundation coordinating arts programming with nearby arts organizations such as the Hyde Park Arts Center and Little Black Pearl. Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative is the winner of several awards; the 2015 Urban Land Institute's Vision Award for Arts and Community, the 2015 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Project of the Year Award for adaptive reuse, the 2016 Merit Award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the 2016 Creating Community Connection Award of the AIA/HUD Secretary’s Awards.