Town Hall Apartments

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

With its diverse mix of backgrounds and demographics, Chicago’s storied Lakeview neighborhood serves as home to Town Hall Apartments, the first affordable housing facility dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community with the goal of providing underrepresented seniors a place to thrive – proudly, with dignity – in their community.

The project’s importance was underscored by alarming statistics: according to a 2003 report by the Chicago Task Force on LGBT Aging, of the estimated 40,000 LGBT adults over the age of 55 living in Chicago, approximately one in five does so with an annual income of less than $20,000. Combining financial constraints with issues of discrimination at traditional elder care facilities, Town Hall Apartments posed a significant opportunity for community improvement.

This mixed-use residential development weaves together three neighborhood spaces – the historic 42nd Precinct/Town Hall Police Station readapted for the project; the retail porch; and the residential tower, with 30 studio apartments and 49 one bedroom units – designed to encourage congregation in the bustling Lakeview community.

The self-contained design includes a multipurpose space, a library and computer lounge, a fitness room, and a therapy room, all providing important amenities residents needn’t stray far from Town Hall Apartments to find.



Architect of Record

Gensler

Contractor

Heartland Alliance and Center on Halsted

General Contractor

Power Construction

Consultants

  • Rubinos & Mesia Engineers, Inc.
  • KJWW Engineering
  • McGuire Igelski & Associates