Located on a tree-filled, six-acre campus in the Roxborough neighborhood of Philadelphia, Northern Home for Children has, for over 150 years, served families and children with complex needs. Two projects, completed by Cecil Baker + Partners, the Caroline Alexander Buck Residence Hall and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Residence Hall, house Northern Home's innovative residential programs. These transitional housing programs serve 16 young mothers, between the ages of 17 and 21, and their children, in a therapeutic residential setting.
The Caroline Alexander Buck Residence Hall is a new addition and provided an opportunity to create a structure that would visually speak to the mission of Northern Home. The addition, in form, echoes the mass and geometries of the existing buildings without literally reproducing them. Rhythmic patterns found on the existing structures reverberate through small scale fenestration on the new building envelope. To fulfill the goal of creating a comforting and inviting exterior space, the L-shaped addition embraces a new outdoor gathering space for the residents and support staff.
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Residence Hall was created from the adaptive reuse of a historic, 1930's Wissahickon schist stone building. A total of four residential suites were created, each suite being shared by two mothers and their children. Interior details and finishes from the Buck Residence Hall continue from that addition into the adaptive reused spaces joining the two buildings in purpose and spirit.DOWNLOAD PROJECT SHEET