Developers: The Fogelson Properties Inc. & Forest City Enterprises Inc
Architect: FitzGerald Associates Architects and late Roy Kruse from MCL development
Burnham Place was created to give substance and balance to the downtown area. According to the developers, this was the most creative, innovative urban project in the late 80s and early 90s, offering a park-like protected setting in the midst of the finest cultural, sports and entertainment facilities the city has to offer. The developer’s vision was to reshape the Near South Side, particularly by using Central Station`s road and pedestrian infrastructure to make the lakefront and its museums more accessible. The Central Station was demolished in 1974, and planning for the 80-acre Central Station development was started in 1988.
Park Row was completed in 1992 and consists of 69 4-story townhouses in a mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom units. Park Row between 1436 - 1478 S. Prairie and 1439 - 1467 S. Indiana Avenue consists of 69 four-story townhouses in five perimeter and two interior buildings on a private park.
Following the success of Park Row, Centennial Court was completed in 1994 and is located directly north of Park Row. It consists of 23 4-story townhouses in a mix of three- and four-bedroom units that face Indiana Avenue and Prairie Avenue, with a landscaped courtyard that opens to 14th Street on the north.
The buildings, designed by architects Pat Fitzgerald & Associates reflect Richardsonian Romanesque architecture characterized by brick with stone masonry, arched openings, pitched roofs and rounded bays. The architects designed these homes to recall the lifestyle heydays of Prairie Avenue. Prairie Avenue was considered an exclusive address for Chicago's elite in the late 19th century. This north-south boulevard, close to the lakefront, begins at 16th Street and continues to the city's southern limits. The sections between 16th and 22nd Streets and between 26th and 30th Streets were well known for grand homes. The wealthy settled on Prairie Avenue after the civil war because it was close to the Chicago business district and it did not require its residents to cross the Chicago River.
Burnham Place`s neighbors include the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Grant Park, Burnham Harbor, McCormick Place and the Prairie Avenue Historical District.