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Krause Commons, a Diamond in the Rough

Krause Commons, an affordable rental building in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, has been lauded for its thoughtful and innovative design. In a city purportedly plagued by new invasive and aesthetically displeasing architecture, Krause stands out as a diamond in the rough.

Developed by NEF Partner ACTION Housing, the six-story project was completed in December 2018 and features 33 residential units, 17 of which are reserved for residents with mental health disabilities. The first two floors are reserved for Jewish Residential Services (JRS), for use as office space and the Howard Levin Clubhouse. The JRS operated clubhouse provides vocational training for people with mental disabilities, including the building residents.

Beyond the services it provides to the community, the physical presence of the building is a boon to the architectural atmosphere of the neighborhood. The terracotta colored fiber cement panels adorning the upper floors help it blend into the color palette of its structural neighbors.  These panels also curve with the flow of the street, seamlessly integrating the building into its surroundings. With meaningful services and architectural excellence, Krause Commons is a building that that puts community first in every way imaginable.  Read more here.