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Wednesday, July 8, 2020
EMME is located on the site of the Haymarket Square Riot of 1886. A sculpture by Mary Brogger memorializes this historic labor conflict. The site history and the sculpture influenced the building’s site plan, setting it back from the street. The setback was developed as a public park funded and maintained by the building owner, Gerdling Edlen.
The landscape consists of two areas, the pocket park and the third-floor amenity deck. The park is organized around a wandering garden path of bluestone and brick bands furnished with L-shaped benches in a landscape of multi-stem Whitespire birch trees and low shrubs and groundcover. The amenity deck features a large gathering area with a firepit, a tilted plane of grass surrounded by tiered seating, and a walkway flanked by two rows of Winter King hawthorns. The west end of the deck is devoted to a plot of raised beds, bringing productive urban agriculture to this urban location. The Illinois Chapter of ASLA recently awarded EMME with a Merit Award in the residential design category. Congratulations to EMME, Gerdling Edlen and our project partners for making this vision come to life!