Maywood Supportive Living, Maywood

2023 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Adaptive Reuse

Celadon Partners preserved and reinvigorated the Maywood Supportive Living facility, not only restoring the long-vacant historic structure but giving local seniors a dignified and quality place to call home. The project involved redeveloping the five-story, Tudor Revival-style building constructed in 1929 and 1930. Original features like wood trim, terrazzo floors and stucco and brick facades were refurbished and modern amenities were added to create 100 senior living units. The building was previously home to the Central Baptist Retirement Home, which abruptly closed more than 15 years ago, causing residents to be displaced and leaving a void where there was once a community anchor. Today, the 133,000-square-foot, all-inclusive assisted living facility provides housing and supportive care services and amenities for seniors. The building is included in the National Register of Historic Places, which enabled the project team to benefit from historic preservation tax credits. Maywood Supportive Living received federal and Illinois state historic rehabilitation tax credits and, because the project received HOME funding from HUD, it also underwent a Section 106 historic design review by the Illinois State Historic Preservation Office. These tax credits helped the project team bring new life to the former Baptist Home.


(Photo courtesy Maywood Supportive Living)

Project Principals

  • Scott Henry and Aron Weisner, Celadon Partners, Owner
  • John Zaluski, NDC Corporate Equity Fund, Tax Credit Investor
  • Stephen Sparks, Keybank, Lender
  • Thad Gleason, Gleason Architects, Architect
  • Justin Brown, Skender Construction, Contractor
  • John Cramer and Emily Ramsey, Historic Tax Credit Consultants


(Photo courtesy Maywood Supportive Living)


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Scott Henry, Owner of Celadon Partners

Adaptive reuse projects at historic buildings are extremely complex and challenging and require a tremendous amount of time and effort to complete successfully. So, when we evaluate a potential project, it has to have meaning and a cause worth fighting for. The Maywood Supportive Living project was an opportunity to right a wrong that occurred when the Baptist Home was abruptly closed. Proud area homeowners did their best to keep the neighborhood stable, but the Baptist Home, blighted and vacant, was holding back the community from thriving.


(Photo: Lobby before restoration. Courtesy Maywood Supportive Living)


Scott Henry, Owner of Celadon Partners

The loss of the Baptist Home was a significant wound for the community, so bringing back and restoring the original use was very healing for the community by once again providing a place for Maywood’s seniors to live with dignity.

Breathing life into the Baptist Home and turning it into the Maywood Supportive Living facility brought $60 million in investment to the area and 100 new residents as well as 75 full-time jobs. Since opening its doors for business, the community has already experienced new investment in the area around the facility. It has also enabled the Village of Maywood to extend TIF districts to other sites being eyed by new investors, spurring economic activity that otherwise would not be present.


(Photo: Lobby after restoration. Courtesy Maywood Supportive Living)

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