What happens when you bring together creative people who are committed to rebuilding their neighborhood by hand and from the ground up?
THEY MAKE NEW HISTORY.
While one could easily argue that the Humans of Sweet Water make new history every single day, on an unseasonably hot Saturday this September, something more deliberate and, undeniably, historic took place.
On Saturday, September 23, 2017, a timber frame barn was raised on the Perry Ave Community Farm, a once ‘blighted’ city block in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South side. The barn, known as the Thought Barn, is the first, ground-up architectural building developed by Sweet Water Foundation that, upon completion, will bring a visual and performing arts, reflection, and community gathering space to the heart of the Perry Ave Commons.
Despite record-breaking heat of 95 degrees, more than 300 community members, partners, and supporters attended Sweet Water Foundation’s Annual Harvest Celebration + Barn Raising to witness what is is believed to be the first timber frame barn raised in the City of Chicago in more than a century. In the spirit of a traditional barn raising, more than 50 volunteers, including local community members and supporters from across the city and country, joined staff from Sweet Water Foundation and expert tradesmen from Trillium Dell Timberworks to manually raise the timber frame of the barn.
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