Lutheran Settlement House
Lutheran Settlement House has been providing outreach community services to its Kensington neighborhood for over 75 years. Its current facility has long been outgrown and is in desperate need of renovation and expansion. The organization would also like to consolidate its various programs into one main “campus”. These programs include apartments for elderly residents, a senior center, a daycare center, classrooms for computer instruction and GED classes, counseling for domestic violence victims, and general administration. The residences occupy the three-story “tower” over the organization’s administrative offices and outreach facilities. The apartments are angled back from the elevated transit line to avoid the noise and vibration and to take advantage of the spectacular skyline views to the southwest. The existing building will house the adult and child daycare centers and will take advantage of the social benefits of shared spaces between the two groups.
Brawer & Hauptman was awarded the Community Design Collaborative Award by the Philadelphia AIA for its work on this project.