Chicago Architecture Biennial Tour & Talk at 459 W Division

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Terrace 459

459 W Division Street

Chicago, IL 60610

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Tour and talk of 459 W Division at Parkside of Old Town, hosted by Landon Bone Baker Architects.

Appearances and Erasures: Explores sites of memory and the politics of remembering and/or forgetting in contested spaces, considering space as a marker of past and present social imaginaries, visible or otherwise.

Originally built in the 1940s-1960s, Cabrini-Green Homes on the Near North Side of Chicago was one of the Chicago Housing Authority’s most infamous public housing projects in which residents were physically and psychologically cut off from the city. Over the years, crime and neglect resulted in deplorable living conditions which led to the buildings being demolished. In 2006, Holsten Development began the process of redeveloping Cabrini Extension North as a part of CHA’s Plan for Transformation. Terrace 459 at Parkside of Old Town is the 12th building in the mixed-income development and adds 106 apartments in a 94-unit nine-story high-rise and a 12-unit three-story walk-up. The Local Advisory Council of Cabrini Residents participated in the development, creating a more inclusive environment within the shifting urban fabric of the neighborhood.

While mid-century American public housing projects like Cabrini-Green are notorious for their austere and generic towers, Terrace 459 acknowledges the difficult history of its location and presents a vibrant alternative future for community-knit affordable housing. The project team carefully navigated challenges including interfacing with multiple government agencies and funding programs while addressing accessibility, sustainability, urban conditions, and budget issues. Parkside sets a new paradigm for public housing based on lower-density development, greater income diversity among tenants, and vibrant amenities attracting residents across broad social and cultural demographics.

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Terrace 459

459 W Division Street

Chicago, IL 60610

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