Charles H. Shaw Technology and Learning Center—Power House HighPrint
931 S. Homan Ave. | Neighborhood: Garfield Park / North Lawndale
What was once a power plant built to provide electricity and heat for the massive Sears, Roebuck & Company headquarters, today operates as two Chicago charter schools, the Henry Ford Academy: Power House High and Noble’s DRW College Prep. The building was first opened in 1905 and was designed by Nimmons & Fellows. A $45 million restoration, overseen by the Foundation for Homan Square and completed in 2009, blended historic preservation with cutting edge sustainable technologies. Original building features were retained to preserve a connection to the building’s past. A geothermal heating and cooling system and other energy efficiency measures awarded the building LEED Platinum certification by the US Green Building Council.
Behind the Scenes Access: Explore the Power House's Great Hall, classrooms, unique hallways and more on a student-lead tour
Architect(s): Nimmons & Fellows