Carow · Architects has extensive experience in housing design and renovation projects. 


Modernization of Ickes Homes

Restoration, renovation, and masonry repair. Completed in 1993 for a construction cost of $1.25 million. The design and construction document phases were completed on time. The bidding on the work allowed for the maximum reconstruction to be achieved within the limited budget. Although bids were higher than expected the work was awarded and successfully completed on time.


525-537 West 56th Place

Renovation of sixteen units of "scattered site" housing in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. This project was a comprehensive modernization of the two, two-story buildings constructed in the 1970s. Work included new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, roofing, interior finishes, landscaping, site furnishings, structural modifications, and the addition of fencing, an entrance pavilion, walkway, playground, and on-site parking. Completed in 1992 for $1.5 million.


St. Agatha/Lawndale Community Housing Improvements

The firm completed documents for the renovation of thirteen, three-story buildings in the St. Agathas/Lawndale community. These "scattered site" public housing units are located in a single family home residential community. Included in the project was window replacement, roofing replacement, and site work. Site work included the replacement of chain link fencing, the installation of wrought iron fencing, and providing new handicap accessible concrete ramps. Completed in 1997 for $575,000.


Lake Parc Place Housing

Consultant on performance specifications for total renovation of fifteen-story building with 150 units, with a construction cost of $13 million, and consultant on a design/build competition for selecting a construction contractor. Completed in 1993.


Brandt Development, Oak Lawn, Illinois





Renovation of Buildings in Various Locations

Supervision of the renovation of three residential buildings located at 928 N. Waller, 5347 S. Laflin, and 5460 W. Fulton in Chicago.

Cook County Department of Planning and Development

Rental Rehabilitation Program in which the firm was responsible for the review of the scope of work, construction documents, and construction on behalf of the County. Review of projects of differing size and complexity. Completed in 1992 for a fee of $4,000.


Fairbanks Flats, Beloit, Wisconsin




Brandt Development, Oak Lawn, Illinois

Design and construction documents for an $8.2 million project as a first phase to redevelop the downtown of Oak Lawn for the Village Board and Matanky Realty. The site for the project was the southeast corner of 95th Street and 52nd Avenue close to the Metra Station. The project consisted of an eight story building with 75 units of housing, 15,000 sq. ft. of commercial, and interior parking for 78 cars. An urban park was created on 95th Street, as well as parking to serve the commercial spaces. The project was defeated in a 1996 public referendum and was not constructed. 


Vine Street Townhouses, Park Ridge, Illinois




Sheridan South Condominiums, Evanston, Illinois


Michigan Vacation Home, Covert Beach

The building rests between dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and is only accessible via an adjacent public park. The house serves as a year-round vacation home with accommodations for up to eight guests. The house is arranged around a center core containing utilities, fire places, and skylights. Complete glass walls were installed to provide maximum view of the lake. Special care was taken to preserve the surrounding environment of dune contours and vegetation.

2651 W. Leland, Chicago, Illinois

2359 N. Newland, Chicago, Illinois




Ge-Xin-Li Area City Axis Redevelopment,
Beijing, Chinaing,China