AltusWorks’ Scott Utter recently presented both the challenges and opportunities of integrating Energy Efficiency Measures (EEM’s) into historic landmark properties at AIA’s event “Sustainability Through Preservation: The Rebirth of Chicago’s Historic Buildings.” sponsored by the Committee on the Environment and Historic Resources Committee. Scott shared dramatic before/after photos and energy charts of AltusWorks’ award winning project at the Charles Gates Dawes House. Improvements to the 1895 National Register property enable the building to continue to serve the Evanston Historic Center and the community at large.Read full entry »
Stabilized and shored in place, two of the 1887 walls of the northern Fulton Street Wholesale Market Company building are all that remain of the original structure. One of the first projects to be executed within the newly established Fulton Randolph Market Historic District, the historic facades will be supported by a new structure. Having worked closely with the design team and the City of Chicago Landmarks’ staff, AltusWorks was instrumental in negotiating the repair and restoration parameters of the historic walls and collaborated with the structural engineer and general contractor in the stabilization protocol until the new structure is erected. Read full entry »
AltusWorks’ Associate, Scott Utter, spent a snowy Saturday November 21st evaluating renovated farmhouses, Prairie School homes, and greenhouses as a Jury member (for the second time) for the Oak Park Preservation Awards. The annual awards for eligible properties are divided into categories for Restoration, Rehabilitation, Adaptive Reuse, and Additions. Oak Park’s historic properties are considered to be an exceptional resource and the submitted projects demonstrated exactly that. Scott noted that the lively discussion between the Jurors on the depth of research and exceptional effort in the execution of each project was particularly absorbing and ensured that the best candidates were ultimately selected. Read full entry »
At the end of October, AltusWorks’ Kelsey Shipton was invited back to her alma mater, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, to participate in a brown bag lunch talk for students pursuing their Masters of Science degree in Historic Preservation. The talk, one of a series hosted every year for current students, is an opportunity for them to ask recent graduates about their experiences during graduate school, and life after graduation including their current “real world” positions. For Kelsey’s part, she shared about her involvement in the Positioning Pullman Ideas Workshop and the recent publication of Positioning Pullman Ideas Book, and discussed the immediate impact this document has had on an at-risk neighborhood just 20 minutes away from the SAIC campus. Read full entry »
As part of a panel discussion on “Making Historic Buildings Accessible to All” held at AIA Chicago on September 29th, AltusWorks’ Ellen Stoner presented both the challenges and opportunities of integrating policy, code and building constraints into the creative quest to increase access in historic buildings to services, programs and activities offered by educational institutions and multi-family housing organizations.
The 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) is being celebrated throughout Chicago and Ellen was honored to be part of the discussion focused around her passion of historic resources. Read full entry »
With the completion of the Positioning Pullman Ideas Workshop held on April 16-18, 2015, the design and community enhancement material generated from the 3-day forum are now available in an “Ideas Book” entitled Positioning Pullman: Collaborative Ideas Workshop for America’s Newest National Monument. The document contains concrete ideas for the future of the Pullman National Monument articulated through four main areas of consideration: Park Experience, Historic Preservation & Adaptive Reuse, Access & Connections, and Community Development. We encourage you to view the document at http://www.positioningpullman.org/ and to learn more about the efforts (and maybe even become involved) to maximize the reach and benefit of the nation’s newest urban national monument…right here in Chicago. Read full entry »
Motor Row, the home to Chicago’s automobile industry at the beginning of the last century and now a distinct historic district is experiencing a renaissance as the City invests in a new DePaul University stadium, new hotels, and expanding mass transit service. Following its acquisition of key properties on South Michigan Avenue, Windy City Real Estate (WCRE) retained AltusWorks as their preservation architect because of our successful track record assisting owners and developers with the renovation and adaptive reuse of existing and historic structures (South Michigan Avenue Commercial Properties). Read full entry »
A century ago, a state-of-the-art municipal tuberculosis sanitarium was opened on Chicago’s northwest side to provide treatment for the thousands of people in Chicago suffering from Tuberculosis. Today, 40 years after its closure, North Park Village Nature Center continues to offer the Sanitarium complex as public space promoting healing and healthy living. In honor of the Sanitarium’s centennial birthday, the Center hosted a day of presentations and tours highlighting the Sanitarium’s history, development and architecture.
Kelsey Shipton of AltusWorks and Christen Sundquist of the City of Elgin were honored to present their Historic Structures Report of the Sanitarium’s powerhouse, the oldest building on site, prepared during their historic preservation graduate studies at the School of the Art Institute. Read full entry »
Historic preservation, economic development, transit and the park experience were topics on the 300+ stakeholders’ minds during the Positioning Pullman Ideas Workshop sponsored by AIA Chicago and the National Park Conservation Association last weekend. How will the new Pullman National Monument’s presence affect the neighborhood and its residents and what about the impact of millions of visitors?
Ellen Stoner, Mara Braspenninx and Kelsey Shipton of AltusWorks were honored to be tapped as part of a group of historic preservation experts charged with sifting through energized stakeholders’ ideas.Read full entry »