The Residence Hall preserves the character of a historic neighborhood in downtown Naperville while creating an innovative solution for compact student living in individual home settings. The townhouse row appearance of the residence hall complements the scale and look of the Victorian houses across the street from the campus.
The planning concept is based on modules; each townhouse contains two stacked duplex units, each with a living room, internal stair, bedrooms, bathrooms, and a small kitchen. The stacked modules are expressed as three-story townhouses jutting out in front of the main four-story façade plane.
Elaborate masonry fronts are treated differently for individual identity. The stone dormer frames and limestone gables enhance the façade detail and paint a distinct silhouette in the neighborhood. The rounded corner at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Loomis Street is reminiscent of the architecture of turrets in the area.
Awards and Recognitions
- 2004 Craftsmanship Award: Excellence in Masonry, Illinois Indiana Masonry Council
- “Outstanding Architecture and Design in Education,” Education Design Showcase, School Planning & Management, 2004