This attached, masonry row house sits on an eighteen-foot wide lot in Chicago's Grand Boulevard, a neighborhood notable for its rapid genesis from an open field into a dense, beautiful, upper-middle-class neighborhood in the 1880s. Luxurious and new at the time of the nearby Columbian Exposition, the building, four decades later, was crudely divided into apartments during the Great Depression. A contractor had recently restored its single occupancy but cut the rear off from light and air. In his defense, the yard was not much to look at: a gravel and dirt pad. We set out to create an inside/outside space employing effects with light, color and material that would create a volume for family, community and mindfulness.
Inside meet outside.
Chicago, Illinois
How do you want to live?
“We want an inside/outside space with a new kitchen & place to gather”