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2020 Award Winners



Adaptive Reuse, Multifamily


The Grand Palmer Lodge


Chicago, Illinois

Architect/Designer | Pappageorge Haymes Partners

Builder | MC Construction Group

Developers | Ranquist Development | Campbell Coyle Real Estate | New Era Chicago

Interior Designer | SK Design Group LLC

Photographer | Aleks Eva Photography

Palmer Park is the adaptive reuse of a century-old synagogue, most recently serving as a Boys and Girls Club, transforming it into a 14-unit apartment building consisting of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. The project preserves the original yellow brick-and-limestone structure designed by architect Edward Steinborn in the 1920s, and works within the existing two-story volume of the building, with new balconies and ground-level patios projecting off the newly activated west façade of the building.

Historic masonry, terrazzo, and plaster detail elements have been joined by modern fixtures, creating a unique mix of materials, instilling a sense of historic charm balanced with modern convenience. The development team worked extensively with the community to reimagine the corner lot of the project, where the Boys and Girls Club previously had a fenced playground, to provide a new publicly accessible pocket park. This park serves as a physical link to the community while also acting as an amenity space for the tenants, whose balconies and patios overlook the park.

From the Judges
“This one feels good. Just fantastic!”

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