You can feel a sense of possibility here that you can’t on real ground.— Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune
The award-winning Gary Comer Youth Center was designed by John Ronan Architect to specifically support the activities of The South Shore Drill Team and programs for children of the neighboring Paul Revere School. Educational and recreational spaces wrap the Drill Team’s main practice and performance area, with major spaces exposed on the building exterior to promote the activity inside to the community, and invite participation.
The Comer Science and Education Foundation received the 2006 Patron of the Year Award from the Chicago Architecture Foundation for the Gary Comer Youth Center.
In 2007, John Ronan Architect received the First Place in The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Architectural Excellence in Community Design for the Gary Comer Youth Center. The Chicago Building Congress presented the Gary Comer Youth Center with the Merit Award for New Construction. The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd. selected the Gary Comer Youth Center as one of thirty-five distinguished buildings in the American Architecture Awards competition.
Architectural Photography © Steve Hall | Hedrich Blessing