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Oak Park's Grove Apartments, a Driehaus Architectural Award winner, profiled in Tribune

Published: February 8, 2015

Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin profiles Grove Apartments, one of the winners of the 2015 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design. The building, originally designed by Albert Kahn as a luxury auto dealership, has been re-designed by the architectural firm Weese Langley Weese into 51 affordable apartments.

Weese Langley Weese added two floors to Albert Kahn's former luxury auto dealership, transforming the building into 51 affordable apartments.

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In 1927, writes Kamin, Kahn designed a sober but handsome two-story Cadillac-LaSalle auto showroom and maintenance garage on Frank Lloyd Wright's home turf — Oak Park. Reshaped two years ago into a four-story building with 51 affordable apartments, the transformed car dealership will be among the winners of the 21st annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards when they're announced on Feb. 17.

It's a good choice, one that speaks to the joint social and aesthetic mission of the awards, which are presented by the Local Initiatives Support Corp. of Chicago. Designed by Chicago architecture firm Weese Langley Weese for the nonprofit Interfaith Housing Development Corp., the nearly $17 million building, now called Grove Apartments, is a model of architectural recycling and humanistic design.

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