MHA Project The Carling Wins 2019 Chicago Neighborhood Development Award

On May 9th, 2019, the 2019 Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA) honored those who have made a difference in Chicago neighborhoods in 2018. This year marked the 25th CNDA, and the architects Landon Bone Baker Architects received the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design for the Carling Hotel, a project MacRostie Historic Advisors consulted on. The award celebrates thoughtful and successful design for low- to moderate- income populations that addresses a neighborhood need while remaining sensitive to the character and context of the surrounding built environment.

Landon Bone Baker Architects were faced with the task of preserving the historic character of the neglected Carling Hotel while modernizing the original 155-room SRO into 80 affordable apartments. Each apartment includes a small kitchen and private bathroom. The building’s MEP system was updated to contemporary standards. Historic features such as the decorative exterior masonry, arched doorways, and terrazzo flooring were preserved.

The Carling Hotel redevelopment, led by affordable housing developer The Michaels Organization, marked an important step in the reuse of the historic Single-Room-Occupancy (SRO) buildings in Chicago. Once a prominent form of affordable housing in Chicago that had fallen out of favor, SRO buildings are receiving renewed attention in the city as an important component of the history of affordable living that are worthy of preserving. A Multiple Properties Documentation Form (MPDF) on Residential Hotels in Chicago from 1880-1930 was written by Ramsey Historic Consultants, Inc. and financed by The Michaels Organization, helping the project receive federal historic tax credits. The project was also financed through Chicago’s Single-Room Occupancy (SRO) Preservation Ordinance. The MPDF and SRO Preservation Ordinance will aid in the future conservation of affordable housing through preservation of other historic Chicago SROs.

There was a first-place tie for the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, which was also won by Landon Bone Baker Architects for City Gardens. MHA would like to congratulate Landon Bone Baker Architects for receiving the award and the entire project team for the successful rehabilitation of the Carling Hotel!

Rosenwald Courts honored with ACHP/HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation

Rosenwald Courts honored with ACHP/HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) today announced Chicago’s Rosenwald Courts Apartments project, once home to record producer Quincy Jones, boxer Joe Louis, and Olympian Jesse Owens, as the recipient of the 2018 ACHP/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation Honors Two MHA Projects at Annual Conference

Congratulations to the project teams of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel and the Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago for each receiving a Dreihaus Preservation Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation at the PastFoward Conference held in Houston, Texas last week. Below are the award videos that accompanied the honors. 

NH&RA Awards Five Timmys to MHA Projects

Yesterday in Boston, the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) presented nine prestigious “Timmy” Awards. This is the 11th year of the program that honors the memory of Boston architect, educator and preservation advocate, Timothy J. Anderson and acknowledges outstanding real estate projects that transform older, historic buildings into new uses with historic tax credits.

Landmarks Illinois Celebrates Stony Island Arts Bank

Over the weekend, Stony Island Arts Bank was honored at Landmarks Illinois’ 2016 Richard. H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards. This program is designed to recognize “extraordinary stories of people saving special places throughout the state and show how historic restoration has a positive impact on communities, the environment and the people of Illinois.”

Commission on Chicago Landmarks Honors Outstanding Preservation Projects

In a reception held today at the Chicago Athletic Association, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks will honor four MHA Midwest projects among their 2016 Preservation Excellence Award winners. The Commission’s annual Preservation Excellence Awards recognize outstanding rehabilitation projects that involve notable improvements to Chicago local landmarks.

MHA Receives 2016 Wintrust Housing Partners in Innovation Award

MHA Midwest was part of a project team honored on September 28th, 2016 at Mercy Housing Lakefront’s Moving Forward Together dinner for our work on The Lofts on Arthington in Chicago. MHA Midwest along with our fellow project partners accepted the 2016 Wintrust Partners in Innovation Award, given by Wintrust Ventures to community leaders and organizations that are catalysts for change.