Jackson Square Apartments


Client: Rock Island Housing Authority

Project Type: Multi-Family Housing

Services: Architecture, Historic Preservation

Location:  Rock Island, IL

Size:  30-unit apartment building with first floor commercial space

Awards:  2012 Rock Island Preservation Society Award, River Action’s Eddy Award, and the State of Illinois’ Affordable Housing Champion Award.

Project Overview:

Jackson Square Apartments is the adaptive reuse of a former office/industrial space converted into apartments. Exposed brick, support beams and ductwork are original features of the landmark building. The former Illinois Oil Products building is a designated Rock Island Landmark. The terra-cotta portion of the building was designed to have a gas station on the first floor and offices above. The utilitarian long wing was the industrial and warehousing part of the building. Several additions were removed and the two major building components were converted into a 30-unit apartment complex, which also includes business or retail space and meetings rooms. A new community room, offices and porte cochere were added on 4th Avenue to complement the original features of the office building.

*Project completed by J. Steve Swift while employed at Southwest Design Associates.