Located on Western Avenue in the West Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, this 13,700sf facility serves as the headquarters for Southwest Women Working Together. SWWT is a not-for-profit community based women’s organization which provides social services for domestic violence victims and their families on the southwest side of Chicago.
Originally a derelict former funeral home building, the two-story south wing of the new facility was rehabilitated to accommodate private offices and meeting rooms. The new west wing provides a larger communal conference room on the ground floor and job-training seminar rooms on the second floor. Along with eight-foot garden walls to the east and north, the wings envelope a contemplative garden space, reinforcing the character of the space as one of refuge.
The west wing, situated between mature elm trees on Western and the internal garden, has generous glass areas on both sides, although translucent toward the public street.
Landscape Architect: Cyla Design Associates
Interior fixtures and furnishings: Supporting the spirit foundation
General Contractor: Fred Berglund & Son
Photography: Steve Hall / Hedrich Blessing; Jun Fujinuma