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Ping Tom Park Boathouse

Johnson & Lee Architects and Planners

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dmadsen, hanley wood, llc

Project Name

Ping Tom Park Boathouse

Project Status



Chicago Park District


  • General Contractor: F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen

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Project Description


This Chinatown riverside project is the first boathouse in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to promote recreation on the Chicago River. Distinct components of the facility include a storage shed for kayaks and canoes; a comfort station and vending area; a porte-cochère resting ground; and a landscape path from the boathouse to the river. “Wonderfully sited and reflects the city’s desire to engage the river,” a juror said. Each part of the design employs a color and detailing all its own: The deep red steel storage shed enclosed with decorative screens and rolling shutters doors; the black masonry of the comfort station; the white steel canopy of the porte-cochère. The colors are intended to complement one another yet signal the functionality of each part on its own. “Everything is relational and in dialogue with each other, including the river,” a juror said.

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