This original building was commissioned to house both headquarters and advisory services for this not-for-profit, privately funded agency, which provides counseling to families that abuse and neglect their children. Located on a 50 by 140 foot inner city lot in a mixed zoning neighborhood, the building is designed to downplay its institutionality while creating an environment conducive to counseling. The exigencies of program and budget demanded that a lot-line, economical buildings form be constructed. As in a miniature village, internal skylight atria were developed about which offices detailed like small houses with French doors and miniaturized windows could open. The combination of natural light and a courtyard setting was created to replace views to the outer world. The skylight children’s gazebo reinforces the outdoor village metaphor.
“It is a modest project with a modest budget, yet it has a lot of presence about it…It looks like a comforting, reassuring place to be…The project demonstrates maturity, control, refinement and restraint.” — Juror, AIA Awards Program
Eight years later, JPA acquired a former light industrial building which Tigerman McCurry Architects was retained to remodel into an adjunct facility that would concentrate its programs on parent-infant research and development. Not long after it opened, the recession of the early nineties deepened and contributions to JPA diminished causing the institution to close its doors on its expanded facility.