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Opened
2003

Switching Station Artist Lofts

Bringing Art to the West Side

15 S. Homan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60624

Community Garden

Resident Artist

Community Event

Exterior

Interior Loft

Hallway Art

Resident Musician

Resident Artists

Performance

Tabs

Overview

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. 

Development Cost

$5.3 million

Architect

Architects Enterprise, Ltd.

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Our Thanks to...
FINANCERS

Apollo Housing Capital, LLC 
City of Chicago
Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
Illinois Housing Development Authority

FUNDERS

Chicago Community Trust
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
Fannie Mae Foundation
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation