Ralph J. Pomeroy Apartments Renovation

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

Originally Constructed in 1921, the Pomeroy is a vintage limestone and masonry building located in the historic north side Bryn Mawr district. The building's renovation was completed in 2011 and has since become the senior housing flagship project of CHA's "Plan for Transformation". Aside from providing accessible and efficient senior residences, the renovation included a recreation center, library and management offices, landscape courtyard, rooftop terrace with garden plots for residents, and a new entrance on Kenmore Avenue. The project successfully integrates the senior community within the adjacent Edgewater neighborhood and connects the residents to nearby lakefront amenities.

The design was completed in collaboration with Pappageorge/Haymes. Architrave's role was focused on the exterior architectural elements; including facade restoration, development of the interior courtyard, rooftop terrace, and surrounding site architecture. Since its construction, the project has achieved LEED Platinum certification. In addition to its favorable urban siting, notable sustainability elements include: the use of low-e coated krypton gas filled windows, street side galvanized steel gabbion planters filled with recycled concrete cores; optimized energy performance exceeding the referenced standard efficiency by 38%, geothermal wells, photovoltaic panels, solar hot water panels, and a rooftop terrace which integrates green roofs and community gardens.

Architect of Record


Associate Architect

Architrave, Ltd.


Chicago Housing Authority

General Contractor

James McHugh Construction Co.


  • Terra Engineering, Ltd.
  • Matrix Engineering Corp.
  • The Engineering Studio, Inc.