Originally completed in 1916, Clarendon Park was one of the largest public bath houses in the country. The Chicago Park District converted the facility in 1930 into a community center when the shoreline of Lake Michigan was moved east.  With the last major renovation occurring 1972, the Clarendon Park Community Center was in dire need of restoration to its aging infrastructure and upgrades to meet the needs of today’s diverse programming.

A total building revitalization provides a modernized, completely accessible facility to host active programming and events.  This allows the community center to become the hub for neighborhood activities once again.  A new building entry and transformed lobby welcome visitors. The clubrooms, gymnasium, fitness center and dance room feature upgrades to finishes, lighting and HVAC. The building is also home to the Garfield-Clarendon Model Railroad Club.  Its members operate and maintain an extensive model train layout that is an important cultural institution.  At the heart of the center, the former boxing venue is transformed into an active multipurpose space for performances and large events.

Clarendon Park Community Center renovation meets the City of Chicago Sustainable Development Policy requirements through a variety of green building initiatives. All new high performance windows provide a more energy efficient envelope and meet City bird protection guidelines. Low flow plumbing fixtures reduce water consumption. New durable materials and finishes have high recycled content. Additionally, transportation enhancements for bikes and CTA enhance the site accessibility.

Clarendon Park Community Center

Location: Chicago, IL
Year: 2023
Status: In Progress

Clarendon Park Community Center


Originally completed in 1916, Clarendon Park was one of the largest public bath houses in the country. The Chicago Park District converted the facility in 1930 into a community center when the shoreline of Lake Michigan was moved east.  With the last major renovation occurring 1972, the Clarendon Park Community Center was in dire need of restoration to its aging infrastructure and upgrades to meet the needs of today’s diverse programming.

A total building revitalization provides a modernized, completely accessible facility to host active programming and events.  This allows the community center to become the hub for neighborhood activities once again.  A new building entry and transformed lobby welcome visitors. The clubrooms, gymnasium, fitness center and dance room feature upgrades to finishes, lighting and HVAC. The building is also home to the Garfield-Clarendon Model Railroad Club.  Its members operate and maintain an extensive model train layout that is an important cultural institution.  At the heart of the center, the former boxing venue is transformed into an active multipurpose space for performances and large events.

Clarendon Park Community Center renovation meets the City of Chicago Sustainable Development Policy requirements through a variety of green building initiatives. All new high performance windows provide a more energy efficient envelope and meet City bird protection guidelines. Low flow plumbing fixtures reduce water consumption. New durable materials and finishes have high recycled content. Additionally, transportation enhancements for bikes and CTA enhance the site accessibility.

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