Photos by Matt Messner
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North Avenue Residences
2130-46 W North Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

Association House (1899) is one of the oldest “settlement houses” in Chicago originally designed to provide relief and guidance to new immigrants. The iconic building is a symbolic legacy of Chicago not-for-profit organizations committed to community health and happiness. UrbanLab collaborated with Norseman Architects to renovate the Association House and design a new mixed-use development comprising three separate buildings: a 3-flat, 6-flat and 12-flat. Each building has commercial space on the first floor and residences on the second, third and fourth floors. The new buildings were designed to step back from the historic building to fully reveal its elegant form (and distinctive eastern façade). The step back also created a wedge shaped prairie landscape band fronting the new development. Recycled red brick was utilized for the 3-flat and 6-flat. The brick was detailed with a cantilevered cornice and a protruding running bond pattern in homage to the bond patterning of the Association House.