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Switching Station Artist Lofts

Bringing Art to the West Side

15 S. Homan Avenue Chicago, IL, 60624

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. 

Architect: Architects Enterprise, Ltd.

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

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

2003

Type of Development:

Live/Work Artist Housing

Number of Units:

24

Total Square Footage:

36,522

Types of Units:

One-, Two-, and Three-Bedrooms

Total Project Cost:

$5.3M