Ping Tom Memorial Park Boat House

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

The Ping Tom Memorial Park Boat House is located in Chicago's Chinatown on the southwest branch of the Chicago River. The park is named after a civic leader from the community. This facility consists of the following components;

1) A bright red steel storage shed which houses canoes and kayaks. It is enclosed with decorative screens and rolling shutter doors allowing for natural ventilation to dry off the canoes and kayaks.  2) Comfort Station/Vending area housed in a black masonry structure with white glazed brick accents.  3) A white steel canopy with circular skylights that serves as a Porte-cochère where people can discuss their experiences on the river as well as a place to rest afterwards and enjoy the views of the river as well as the skyline to the north.  4)  An ADA compliant zigzag path through the landscape that allows the customers to portage their canoes down to the dock where they embark upon their river journey. The building’s geometry mirrors the path of the river with the Comfort Station/Vending Area running parallel to the southwest branch while the storage shed mirrors the northerly path the river takes downtown. 

Architect of Record

Johnson & Lee, Ltd. Architects / Planners


Chicago Park District

General Contractor

F.H Paschen, S.N Nielson


  • Site Design Group
  • Terra Engineering
  • Matrix Engineering Corporation