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The Boathouse

The Eleanor Boathouse at Chicago's Park 571

The 19,000-square-foot facility created by the Chicago Park District to reclaim the Chicago River as a major system of parks and water-based recreation. The design, incorporating alternating roof trusses, was inspired by the rhythm and motion of rowing. The appearance of the boathouse changes drastically depending on your angle. The rooftop, which was designed to emulate the motion of rowing and constructed of two different truss shapes, rises and falls with each step. This rhythm is continued as you meander through the space, with its south side consisting entirely of an open air window screen and the zinc facade that reflects the light on the water. Positioned in the Bridgeport neighborhood of South Chicago, it’s not far from Chinatown Park.

Park No. 571 - Eleanor Boathouse 2828 S. Eleanor St. Chicago, IL, US 60608