As part of a military realignment strategy to reduce
cost, historic Fort Benjamin Harrison was closed and
turned over to the Reuse Authority for redevelopment.
The developer acquired the historic buildings around
the 40-acre parade field, which included six 48,000-square-foot
garrison buildings originally utilized to house enlisted
men. The three-story buildings, each with a large attic
and basement, had been significantly altered over the
years and had fallen into disrepair before acquisition
by the developer. RQAW was hired to assist the developer
with determining the best means of redeveloping and
designing a viable project.
A market analysis determined the need for high-end condominiums.
Each half of the U-shaped building was designed to accommodate
eight two-story condominiums maximizing the available
space in the basement and attic. This was accomplished
by constructing garden patios and balconies, as well
as numerous dormers. The expansive porches that had
been demolished over time were reconstructed to capitalize
on the views to the expansive parade field. Balconies
and porches also were designed to take advantage of
the constructed and natural beauty of the new Lawton
Loop Condominiums and create an outdoor living space
for each unit. The interior spaces were designed to
afford each owner the amenities associated with a "high-end"
condominium and integrate the historical character and
features of the existing buildings.
Each 16-unit building has maximized the opportunities
available in the unique context of the redeveloped fort
to create a vibrant community and a sense of place that
is unrivaled in central Indiana.