Harvest Commons Apartments

Harvest Commons Apartments, formerly known as the Viceroy Hotel, is an award winning 89-unit affordable residential and supportive services project and a historic and green rehabilitation on Chicago’s Near West Side. The six-story, terracotta- and brick-clad building is both a classic example of Art Deco architecture and an innovative model for community-based sustainable preservation.

Historic Preservation

Near West Side, Chicago, IL


Completed 2013

Unit Count



Heartland Housing


Linn-Mathes, Inc.


McKay Landscape Architects

AP Engineering Services (Structural)

Prism Engineering (Civil)


GFGR, Inc. (Facade)

McGuire Igleski & Associates (Historic)

GreenWorks Studio, Heartland Human Care Services (Farm Design)

Jennifer Murtoff (Chicken Consultant)

archi-treasures (Community Art)


Shane Welch

Wayne Cable

David Schalliol

The revitalization of this Chicago Landmark building includes: major restoration to the historic lobby and exterior façade; reconfigured residential floors to reduce the number of units from 150 to 89; green features, such as geothermal heating and cooling, a solar-thermal domestic hot water system, extensive native planting, super-insulation, and advanced sealing techniques; and a social enterprise café, an urban farm, and a teaching kitchen out of which Heartland Housing will provide classes to residents about nutrition and food preparation.


2014 Richard H. Driehaus, 1st Place Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design

2014 AIA Illinois Crombie Taylor Honor Award

2014 Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence

2014 Urban Land Institute Vision Award Winner

2013 Distinguished Building Award, AIA Chicago

2013 J. Timothy Anderson Award for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation: Most Innovative Adaptive Reuse

2013 Affordable Housing Finance Readers’ Choice Award Winner

National Historic Preservation Week, Preservation's Best of 2013