eagle’s nest transitional housing facility

East St. Louis, Illinois
Spring 2003 UIUC
University of Illinois at Urbana-Chapaign, East. St. Louis Action Research Project
in collaboration with the St. Louis Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects


The Eagle's Nest of St. Clair County is a not-for-profit project that will provide transitional housing and support for homeless male veterans and non-veterans. It is currently developing one of only three sites in the nation that will offer around-the-clock, long term care and counseling for homeless military veterans. This project will create 18 units of housing where homeless men can stay in a supportive environment while getting their lives back on track. Men will leave this residence as independent, responsible, contributing members of the community.

On March 1, 2003, members of the Eagle’s Nest Board of Directors, students from the University of Illinois Department of Landscape Architecture, and professionals from the St. Louis Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects, participated in a design workshop for the landscape of the newly acquired 3.5 acre site. Four alternative schemes were developed and discussed, and the group came to consensus on a complete design program for site improvements. Professor Gary Kesler prepared a preliminary site plan based on the comments shared during the workshop, and distributed it for review by all participants. The goal was to complete the plan and solicit donations from landscape nurseries in order to plant the front entry area during National Landscape Architecture Week (NLAW) in late April.

Document author(s) : Gary Kesler, ESLARP Director
Last modified: 24 April 2003, Deanna Koenigs