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Robin Randall

Holy Family Lutheran School

“Pride and Hope in Chicago’s West Side

Architect: FGM Architects
Senior Designer, Project Manager: Robin Randall
Photography: Craig Dugan Photography
Client: Holy Family Ministries

Completed in 2006
Science of Learning:
Inspired by early 20th century African Textiles, this tricolored brick patterned façade creates an identity for the underserved west side Lawndale neighborhood. Colors and patterns are consistently articulated also in the interior including floor patterns, colorful lockers and accent walls. Mathematical logical learners study proportions and scale, even using the 2’ x 2’ student sized windows in every classroom. The middle school learners on the top floor have specialized subject classrooms including an enlarged science lab with prep room.

Language of Nature:
Reflecting the urban site on the campus of the Homan Arthington Foundation, the school provides an anchor to the street edge, integrating colors and textures from the neighborhood. The limited site includes parking and a fenced play area with exterior basketball half-court and playground equipment for the preschool and kindergarten students. Streetscape patterns are repeated in the landscape creating perimeter plantings and pedestrian seating as well as a donors’ brick patio.

Art of Innovation:
The simple plan defined by three boxes; administration and specials, classroom wing, and multipurpose room, provides a logical cost effective solution. Group study rooms between classrooms double as tutoring rooms for community volunteers. The large stained glass windows identify the special classrooms such as art and computer science to the north and music and library to the south. We are currently studying funding for solar sunshades to be added to the south façade.

FGM Architects Awards:
  • 2009 AIA Northeast Illinois Honor Awards, Design Award
  • 2008 AIA Chicago, Honor Award for Unbuilt Design
  • 2008 Chicago Building Congress Merit Award, Projects under $10 Million
  • 2008 Silver Medal, Excellence in Masonry Award, Illinois Indiana Masonry Council

Holy Family Lutheran School, Chicago Building Congress Presentation - FGM

CBC Holy Family - Award Boards Vertical - FGM

Masonry Edge V 3 No 3 - Holy Family Lutheran