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Lawndale Carriage House adaptive reuse

Lawndale Carriage House adaptive reuse

UHC worked on an adaptive reuse of an 1890’s carriage house to be used for education, community outreach, and demonstration of ongoing projects.

We’ve since moved on to other things, but the project was a great learning experience, helped UHC come together as a group, and gave us a more intimate working knowledge of an underserved Chicago neighborhood.

Some proposed sustainable concepts explored for the carriage house:

  • Vegetated roof with rainwater collection
  • Building-integrated photovoltaics
  • Highly insulated operable windows and doors
  • Hybrid exterior wall insulation from locally found materials
  • Open, high ceilings
  • Low-voltage lighting
  • Radiant or thermal-mass floor
  • Earthen floor
  • Open-plan design with built-in storage and flexible seating
  • Freestanding shower/bath ‘pod’
  • Surfaces for display of full-sized samples of alternative materials

Members of UHC were also instrumental in helping plan a community park slated for the adjacent property.

Note: UHC ceased involvement with this project in July 2005 due to circumstances beyond our control. Use of the facilities was through The Gift House.

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