Hyde Park Art Center
Garofalo Architects, 2006
A nonprofit organization founded in 1939, the Hyde Park Art Center is the oldest alternative exhibition space in Chicago. The Art Center has had several different homes over the years, moving into its current facility at 5020 South Cornell Avenue in 2006. Originally an Army warehouse, the structure's interior was redesigned by Doug Garofalo, of Garofalo Architects. His AIA- and Driehaus Award-winning design demonstrates a nuanced understanding of the Art Center's core values: access, inclusivity and transparency. The facility's design features embody these ideas, like garage-style doors that open to convert the main gallery into a public plaza, and the 80-foot glass facade that showcases large-scale digital art simultaneously inside and outside the Art Center. Along with six exhibition galleries, the building features seven artist studios for resident artists and seven studio classrooms where Art Center teaching artists provide hands-on learning experiences for people of all ages and skill levels.