The Burnham at Woodlawn Park


2016 Honor Award


Chicago, IL


1.3 acres


Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH)



Landscape Architects

Project Details

Working with Landon Bone Baker, the Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), the City of Chicago, and the active Woodlawn community, site design socially and responsible landscape elements for the 5-story, 65-unit senior housing development that opened in August 2015. the third new construction project in the redevelopment of Grove Parc, the Burnham was the first phas of the rebranded Woodlawn Park developement financed by a Choice Neighborhoods Initiative loan, and the first private developement closed with these funds in the country. The building’s first landscape spaces are informal and contemplative, while defining fully accessible communal and private spaces that foster a feeling of community, security, and respite. Site elements include lush streetscape plantings, entrance seating areas, a permeable parking lot, and a private courtyard for residents. The courtyards features well-loved community garden planters, a shaded trellis structure with grill area, ample seating opportunities, and textural, four-season, native planting that contribute to the development’s goal to certify as a LEED Gold project. Community engagement was a critical element of the redevelopment effort. The participation of the City of Chicago, state and federal agencies, and other community stakeholders has helped transform Woodlawn Park into a vibrant, healthy, and distinctive mixed-use, mixed-income urban community. In the short time since The Burnham has been open, the neighborhood has embraced this much needed amenity for the senior coomunity, and the development has contributed significantly to the initiative to transform Woodlawn into a “neighborhood of choice.”

Project Team

Landon Bone Baker Architects (Prime Consultant)

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