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Charles H. Shaw Technology and Learning Center (Sears Power House)

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931 S. Homan Ave.


Garfield Park / North Lawndale


Nimmons & Fellows, 1905



This enormous building was once a power plant that provided electricity and heat for the massive Sears, Roebuck & Company complex. It has housed Noble Street Charter School's DRW College Prep since 2009, when a $40-million restoration overseen by the Foundation for Homan Square was completed. Today, cutting-edge sustainable technologies blend with original building features to preserve a connection to the old Sears complex. The US Green Building Council awarded the building LEED Platinum certification due to its many energy-efficient features including a geothermal heating and cooling system.

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2015 , 2016 , 2017