East St. Louis Action Research Project

[ Annual Report 96-97 | Previous | Next]

Carver Community Center

Carver Community Center The East St. Louis Action Research Project began working with a new organization this year. The Goose Hill Neighborhood Association, in conjunction with the South End Baptist Church, acquired the former Carver Elementary School, an abandoned property in East St. Louis. ESLARPís assistance was requested to help rehabilitate the school building into the Carver Community Center, a recreational and educational provider for residents.

An architecture studio devoted their semester efforts to enhancing the interior and exterior condition of the Carver building. Every room in the two-story structure required cleaning, scraping, painting, and other refurbishing, after years of neglect. The work of the studio was supplemented by Alternative Spring Break work crews and other University of Illinois student and faculty volunteers. As the academic year ended, several parts of the Center were open to the public. When completed, the Center will serve the needs of residents of all ages, providing educational services and recreational activities for the community.

[ Annual Report 96-97 | Previous | Next]

East St. Louis Action Research Project