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2020 LANDMARKS ILLINOIS RICHARD H. DRIEHAUS FOUNDATION PRESERVATION AWARD FOR REHABILITATION
The 1930 Art Deco Mark Twain has been rehabilitated from an aging and neglected affordable housing structure to a meticulously restored single-room occupancy residence. The 148 new single-room occupancy units, available at an affordable cost, feature in-unit kitchens, energy efficient MEP and HVAC systems and community spaces for residents. The interior and exterior of the Mark Twain, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was preserved to highlight its historic character while at the same time meeting all Department of Housing requirements. Services provided in the building include financial literacy and health and wellness programming as well as tax and healthcare assistance. The Mark Twain is now a worthy and respectable neighbor in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, providing a critical need for affordable SRO units to serve individuals on the verge of homelessness. At the recent ribbon cutting in March of this year, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the project a ‘Win-win” for the city, providing affordable housing while also restoring an important community landmark and one of the largest remaining affordable housing developments in the area.
Developer/Sponsor: New Mark Twain, LLC, The NHP Foundation
Architect: Weese Langley Weese Architects Ltd. Facade Consultant: Revive Architecture LLC Historic Consultant: MacRostie Historic Advisors General Contractor: Linn Mathes
Management Company: Realty & Mortgage Co.
Bonds/LIHTC/HOME Funds: City of Chicago, Department of Planning & Development 27th Ward Alderman: Walter Burnett, jr.
Senior Lender: Bellwether Enterprise
Subordinate Lender: Chicago Community Loan Fund
Tax Credit Equity Investor: Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
Project Rental Assistance: Chicago Housing Authority (Photo credit: Leslie Schwartz Photography)