Pilsen Neighbors Community Council Headquarters

Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

Pilsen Neighbors Community Council (PNCC) is a non-profit, community-based organization whose mission is to develop new community leaders through leadership training to bring about civic engagement and action in Pilsen and Southwest areas of Chicago. We were invited to participate in a competition in celebration of their 60th anniversary. PNCC challenged us to design a building that would celebrate the organizations achievements, as well as its future endeavors. The concept for the building was to create an anchor that reached out to the Pilsen community and beyond. Community organizing is about reaching out and impacting in multiple ways. With that in mind we split the mass into two volumes; each one reaching in a different direction. Being located in Pilsen we added a colorful panel façade as a nod to murals of the area; as well as the diversity of programs that PNCC offers. In addition, the location was ideal for being able to create a connection with the Benito Juarez Community Academy just to the south as well as a proposed plaza along Blue Island Ave. The estimated cost would be under $1.5 million.

Architect of Record

Cesar Santoy
Studio ARQ
329 W 18th st
Suite 904A
Chicago, Illinois 60616
Phone: 312-846-6415


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Manuel Yeverino
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