Inner City Christian Federation
Following 18 years of abandonment, the Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF) acquired the former orphanage at 920 Cherry SE in 2004 for use as offices and classrooms for its affordable housing development and education services. From the recycling of nearly all demolition material, through the low-flow plumbing fixtures, the cistern below the garden that collects rain water from the roof for garden irrigation, and porous parking lot pavement, to the solar panels on the roof, this stunning historic building stands as a bold and confident testimony to the fact that the legacy of classic architecture and the vision for sustainable design and construction can dynamically co-exist. Indeed the Michigan Historic Preservation Office considers this building to be the single most significant terra cotta restoration project ever completed in the state and the USGBC LEED certified it at the gold level.
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With the historic restoration, renovation and adaptive reuse of the original D.A. Blodgett Home for Foundling Children, the restored and converted Office and Assembly Spaces of the building are now the home of the Inner City Christian Federation.
Mission: To transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, in a way that improves the quality of life in West Michigan.