Park Boulevard

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

Building I is among the newest buildings to establish itself on land formerly occupied by the CHA's Stateway Gardens towers, demolished between 2000 and 2010. This compact masonry apartment building delivers comfortable sleeping spaces and living rooms with walk-in floor-to-ceiling bay windows. The 103,000 square-foot building provides (80) one- and two-story apartments for rent at subsidized, affordable and market rates. Unit square footage measures 15% above minimum required floor area for affordable housing.

An architectural precast concrete pergola marks the main entrance. Continuous floor-to-ceiling windows at the ground level illuminate offices and tenant recreation space. Additional glazing on the west side of the recreation space offers views to a landscaped terrace for the residents. There are two additional terraces and a tenant recreation space at the roof level, protected by sun-shielding trellises.

The greatest challenge of the project was to meet the building program within five stories on a narrow site. The State Street facade is at the minimum street setback line and its cast-in-place concrete bay windows project into the setback. Every available area at the ground level is dedicated to landscaping around the building and its requisite 1:1 parking which is shielded from view from State Street.

Architect of record

William Ketcham
VOA Associates Incorporated
224 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60604, USA
Phone: 312-554-1400

General contractor

Matt Walsh
Walsh Construction
929 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60607, USA
Phone: 312-617-1477


Jim Steinkamp
Steinkamp Photography
923 Oakwood Terrace
Hinsdale, IL 60521, USA
Phone: 312-735-5333