Kenmore Apartments Senior Housing

Regional & Urban Design Award Submission

In a move toward solving Chicago’s affordable housing crisis, the Kenmore Apartments were transformed from a vacant 1920s era building to contemporary, high-quality senior apartments. Located on Chicago’s north side, the building is close to Lake Michigan, shopping, restaurants, public transportation, parks, and other amenities. A complete gut rehab relocated the core, improved circulation paths, and created an open unit plan. Generously sized windows provide ample daylight and ventilation to each apartment. Niches outside each apartment create a “front porch” feel and allow residents to personalize their space. Different colors on each floor level create a sense of orientation for the seniors. Shared spaces include a library with a fireplace, multipurpose room, and fitness center, which help to create a true community for the residents. Within the limited urban lot, a green roof was designed to restore the native habitat and create open space. Interior courtyards have been retrofitted with rain gardens that not only reduce storm water runoff but also provide a respite from urban living. The building, expected to be the first LEED Platinum public housing building in Chicago, redefines expectations for affordable senior housing.

Holabird & Root
Chicago Housing Authority
General contractor
Walsh Construction
Chicago, Illinois