Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative

Location: Chicago

Type: Preservation: Restoration & Rehab
Use: Residential Rental, 32 units
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 volunteer art training for low-income families in the development, and the Rebuild Foundation coordinates arts programming with 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. Download Pdf


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