Photo courtesy Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing
 
The Gary Comer Youth Center
Chicago, Illinois
John Ronan Architects

AIA commentary: This 74,000-square-foot youth center, located in one of Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods, demonstrates a commitment to social progress by providing a constructive environment where area youths may spend their after-school hours. The center provides support for the programs of a 300-member drill team/performance group for children of ages 8 to 18 and space for various youth educational and recreational programs for disadvantaged children.

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