Southport & Wellington

Chicago, Illinois

Springbank Capital Advisors along with CA Ventures engaged OKW to provide design and documentation services for two distinct projects at and near the intersection of Wellington and Southport in Lincoln Park.  One, an adaptive reuse of an historic funeral home finding new purpose in the context of a four story, mixed use, retail, office and apartment building.  The other being a newly constructed five story infill apartment building that respects its renovated and expanded neighbor to the south with materiality and form, yet functions independently as a market rate rental property.  

Maintaining the fa├žade of the funeral home enables this active corner to preserve its rich history and prominence within the neighborhood, while now serving new tenants and uses in a more modern, yet responsible way.  The neighborhood groups were an integral part of the approval process.  OKW along with the developer, worked diligently to make sure that context and scale was taken into consideration so that it was a win-win for the development team and neighbors alike.