AIA Chicago and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), with support from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust and Alphawood Foundation, conducted a three day community design workshop, April 16-18, 2015 in Pullman, in an effort to start addressing some of these questions. The purpose of the workshop was to engage the public in discussions with the Chicago design community regarding opportunities for enhancing the park visitor experience while leveraging the new national designation to advance important community development goals. The design workshop focused on four main areas:

Park experience

Strategies for demarcating and celebrating the boundaries of the district; strategies to enable discovery and/or self-guided park visitation tracts; strategies for conveying stories of factory life and neighborhood life via tactical urbanism; and strategies for linkage to regional trails and waterfronts.

Historic preservation & adaptive reuse

Strategies for programming and reuse of historic structures; strategies for commemorating important buildings that have been lost; strategies for interpretive landscape and streetscape enhancements based upon the historic design; and guidelines for the construction of new buildings to support the historic character of the district.

Access & connections

Strategies for arrival by commuter train featuring historic Pullman train cars to create a unique railscape experience; strategies for arrival by car that address parking and wayfinding; and strategies for the development of a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian walking network.

Community development

Strategies to leverage the national monument designation to grow visitation and local business; strategies to grow career paths for local youth; and strategies to physically and economically tie into ongoing Lake Calumet initiatives, while growing environmental stewardship and creating a new southern gateway to the city of Chicago.

Supported in part by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, and Alphawood Foundation