436 East 47th Street, Chicago, Illinois
The arts can be a tool for economic development and neighborhood regeneration, a concept becoming increasingly apparent within the urban context. Long since burdened by vacant buildings and empty lots, the City of Chicago has identified Bronzeville as a neighborhood in dire need of renaissance. Bronzeville Artist Lofts is expected to be the premier affordable artist live-work space on Chicago’s south side, serving as a catalyst for continued economic redevelopment.
3C has created a plan to establish an innovative, affordable live-work community in Bronzeville. Working with the Near North West Arts Council, the Guichard Project, and Revere Properties, 3C’s vision includes the revitalization of a historically significant Chicago structure, while reclaiming the cultural integrity and rich history of the neighborhood. Considered by many to be the equivalent of New York’s Harlem during the Jazz Age, Bronzeville was a vibrant center for African American culture and entrepreneurship until the mid 1960’s when the neighborhood began to decline.
The mixed-use development provides 16 affordable live-work lofts, a shared artist studio space and outdoor living space. The project will feature a superior energy efficient building envelope, Energy Star rated systems and elements throughout, low flow plumbing fixtures and repurposed salvaged building materials. Gallery Guichard, a local African Arts Gallery,
occupies part of the retail space on the first floor. The building offers art programming to
the greater community, engaging Bronzeville residents in taking ownership in the revival of this important neighborhood.
Start: September 2012
Completion: March 2014
Size: 33,614 SF
Developers: Three Corners Development and Revere Property Development, LLC
Architect: WRAP Architecture and Design
General Contractor: J.V. Madison Construction and Revere Property Development, L.L.C.