Dr.Martin L. King Legacy Apt.

Distinguished Building Award Submission

The project site is approximately two acres located in the West Side neighborhood of North Lawndale. The site is location of the demolished apartment building where Martin Luther King Jr. resided in 1966.

The site faces 16th Street, a major commercial east west thoroughfare between two north-south residential streets; Avers Avenue and Hamlin Avenue. The program; mixed-use building designed with six commercial/retail spaces and forty-five units of affordable rental units.

The design solution evolved into reinforcing the urban fabric by creating a series of connected buildings. The three story building with commercial retail on the ground floor and residential units above contains two, three and four bedrooms. All units have private balconies or patios. The masonry-clad building envelope is a polychromatic brick pattern. Metal panel bays and limestone window surrounds are added to further enhance pattern. The building colors are metaphoric of Dr. King’s doctrines endorsing equality. Images of Dr. King and family are located at the side lights and transoms in the stairway entrances at the ground floor. This project is the first planned in the new King Legacy District.

The design exceeds City of Chicago Green Home requirements for energy-star certification with green roofs and sustainable features.

Johnson & Lee architects & Planners
Lawndale Christian Development Corporation
  • Gallowat Ltd
  • Perry & associates
  • Prism
  • Site Design
General contractor
Safeway Costruction
Chicago, Illinois