Dorothy Day Place
Project Type: Housing
Client: Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis
Dorothy Day Place is a two-phase campus project comprised of Higher Ground Saint Paul and Saint Paul Opportunity Center designed by LHB’s Housing Studio members who were formerly Cermak Rhoades Architects.
Higher Ground Saint Paul was the first phase of the campus’ project that created 284 emergency shelter beds and 194 SRO units, while the Saint Paul Opportunity Center was the second phase on the campus that created 177 SRO units and daytime services for residents.
This project illustrates our ability to address specific needs for our clients and those they serve. In this case, it adresses their need to support and provide services to the hardest to house in a downtown core in a building of institutional construction.
“All of the internal things of design are really, really important to treat our customers as neighbors and then they live up to that standard of dignity. That is allowing them to have perspective on their own lives, they’re treating each other better, they’re treating our staff better and they are becoming people who are looking at their own lives and what they can do for a future plan for themselves.
The design of where you live and how it relates to your natural environment and the rest of the built environment is so critical to having a place we are really comfortable and proud of. That affects your behavior, your world view, how you relate to one another so all of those little things that affect all of us in our own homes really are more important for those who are vulnerable.”
Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis