In 1999, inspired by Artspace’s work in Minnesota, officials from Chicago invited Artspace to consider an artist live/work project in the Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. One of the sites considered was the Roentgen School, built in 1906 as a telephone switching station. With its high ceilings, large windows and central courtyard, the Roentgen was an ideal candidate for Artspace’s first Chicago project.
Four years and $5.3 million later, the Roentgen School reopened as the Switching Station Artist Lofts, a 24-unit affordable live/work community. The four-story building wraps entirely around its courtyard, which serves residents as a private gathering place and a safe play area for children.
Other amenities include off-street parking, a fenced-in play area on the building’s sunny south side and a lower level suitable for meetings and other events. Apartments on the building’s upper floors afford fine views of nearby Garfield Park and the downtown Chicago skyline to the east.
Architects Enterprise, Ltd.
Apollo Housing Capital, LLC City of ChicagoFederal Home Loan Bank of Des MoinesIllinois Housing Development Authority
Chicago Community TrustChicago Department of Cultural AffairsFannie Mae FoundationRichard H. Driehaus Foundation
Switching Station Artist Lofts features 24 live/work units.
Fenced -in play areaOff-street parkingMeeting/event space
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