The Clare

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Height: Architectural 179.5 m / 589 ft
Height: Occupied 166.7 m / 547 ft
Height: To Tip 179.5 m / 589 ft
Floors Above Ground 53
Floors Below Ground 1
# of Elevators 8
Tower GFA 69,677 m² / 749,997 ft²
# of Apartments 310
# of Parking Spaces 175


Official Name The Clare
Other Names The Clare at Water Tower
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United States
City Chicago
Street Address & Map 55 East Pearson Street
Postal Code 60611
Building Function residential
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 2003
Construction Start 2006
Completion 2009
Official Website The Clare
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Regional Ranking #443 Tallest in North America
City Ranking #56 Tallest in Chicago

Companies Involved

• Current Senior Care Development LLC
• Past Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Service Corporation
Developer Greystone Communities
Design Perkins+Will
Structural Engineer
Design Thornton Tomasetti
MEP Engineer
Design WMA Consulting Engineers
Main Contractor James McHugh Construction Co.; Bovis Lend Lease

About The Clare

Unique in its program, this project houses a Continuing Care Retirement Community as well as new education space for Loyola University. The project is unusual in that the functional elements, usually distributed in several buildings in a typical CCRC, have been stacked vertically. The program consists of a tower with 271 independent living units, 39 assisted living units, 45 skilled nursing units and a base of parking, retail and Loyola classrooms. Located on the roof of the tower podium is a “healing” garden.

Despite its mixed program, it was a design imperative that the building not become a mix of varying floor-to-floor heights with multiple fenestration patterns, but rather a cohesive high-rise tower with base, shaft, and top. This was accomplished by a strong, single tower design reading from ground to level 53 and a subservient podium massing. The tower has a very rigorous, repetitive fenestration pattern that was designed to align with all of the varying functional plans. The ABA window module accommodates the various partition layouts of the different uses.

Research Papers

The High-rise as a Retirement Community
Aug 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue III

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