Lincoln Park Boat House

Date: 2015

Client: Lincoln Park Boat Club & Chicago Park District

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Living Building Challenge Certification: Petal Certification (Target)

The Lincoln Park Boathouse is a building of significant character and historical significance. It has stood for over 100 years as the center of competitive and recreational rowing culture in the city of Chicago. It is located on the only protected water dedicated to rowing in the city, and is absolutely unique in its siting & massing, nestled within the landscape of Lincoln Park. The building has not undertaken a major renovation in over three decades, and years of deferred maintenance has left the boathouse in need of several critical repairs & updates.

In the spring of 2015, the Lincoln Park Boat Club (LPBC), in cooperation with the Chicago Park District, began a process to critically assess the conditions of their 107-year old historic home, the Lincoln Park Boathouse. Farr Associates lead the design team to evaluate the current conditions of the boat house and facilitate the discussion regarding a vision for the future of the facility and site. The study focused on the current programming needs of the Club and how the facility renovation could improve they way they use the space. Renderings of the future updated boat house were prepared as the Club begins their fundraising stage for construction. The Club has also decided to pursue Living Building Challenge as a part of the renovation.