Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, Chicago, IL

Located on 70th Street in Chicago’s Grand Crossing neighborhood, Dorchester Art and Housing Collaborative is the redevelopment of the former Dante Harper housing project into 32 mixed-income rental units composed of 2-3 bedrooms. Brinshore Development, Rebuild Foundation and its founder, Theaster Gates, collaborated with LBBA to create a unique development that brings art-interested public housing residents and practicing artists together.

All buildings have been restored to their original modern design, with the addition of an Arts Center (composed of four former townhomes) in the center of the development. The Arts Center creates an open and inviting space for programming, creating, and displaying art.

South Shore, Chicago, IL


Completed 2014

Unit Count

32 townhouses


Dorchester Artist, LLC (The Rebuild Foundation and Brinshore Development LLC)


Brinshore Construction Management and Old Veterans Construction


Prism Engineering (civil)

site design group (landscape)

RTM & Associates (MEP)

Carsello Engineering (structural)

Green Dream Group (energy)


Barry Rustin Photography

Mark Ballogg

Green Metrics

City of Chicago Green Homes


2017 Crombie Taylor Award, American Institute of Architects

2016 Best of Design in Landscape, Honorable Mention, Architect's Newspaper

2016 Distinguished Building Award, Special Recognition: Adaptive Reuse as Catalyst for Social Change, AIA Chicago

2016 AIA/Hud Secretary's Award for Creating Community Connection

2016 Illinois American Society of Landscape Architects, Merit Award

2016 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation 2nd Place Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design, CNDA

2015 Vision Award Winner, Urban Land Institute

2015 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Project of the Year, Landmarks Illinois