Renovation and Restoration
Evanston History Center Restoration
AltusWorks was selected in 2010 by the Evanston History Center to develop a phased restoration program for the celebrated Charles Gates Dawes Mansion. With a deep understanding of the Mansion’s importance as an artifact to Evanston history, the Center was well prepared to embrace the restoration program crafted to support the Center’s fundraising efforts, enhance the National Historic Landmark’s integrity, and affect environmental efficiencies. Partial exterior façade restoration and water infiltration mitigation were paramount to the beginning of the program. Outdoor event space improvements also played a key role as a first testament to the success a full restoration could affect for the Center and the greater Evanston community. Subsequently, a 16-well geothermal system was installed at the east lawn with discrete heat pumps hidden throughout the house, attesting to the Center’s commitment to sustainable preservation. In the coming years AltusWorks will continue to work beside the Center to complete the comprehensive restoration program.
Winner of the 2014 City of Evanston Preservation and Design Award in the category of Innovative Solutions In Preservation and the 2015 Design Evanston Award for Rehabilitation