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    Project Details

    Bronzeville Artist Loft (BAL) will be one of the newest artist live-work spaces in Chicago, and the only one located in the Bronzeville community on Chicago’s South Side. Located at 436-442 East 47th Street, BAL will occupy the site of the former the three story Jones Brothers Ben Franklin store, which at the time was the country’s largest black-owned department store. The building, now in total disrepair, will be completely renovated to include 16 artist live-work loft spaces ranging from 615 to 1165 sq ft., and offer commercial space on the ground floor.

    The live-work spaces will occupy the second and third floors. BAL will retain much of the building’s original structure. The full story timber trusses, on the top floor, will be preserved creating a dramatic effect with floor to ceiling truss chords acting as sculptural elements. The lofts will offer flexible live-work space and consist of a range of amenities such as durable finishes, soundproofing and energy efficient design – wood floors, utility sinks, and a communal workshop for resident artists, to name a few.

    Other building features will include: recycling of the existing fire escape and landings into residential balconies, outdoor roof deck, energy efficient heating and cooling, elevator service and dedicated laundry areas.

    This new addition to Chicago’s art and culture landscape is slated for completion in November 2013.

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    Learn more about the Jones brothers by visiting WTTW’s DuSable to Obama: Chicago Black Metropolis website