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 and sustainable technologies. Multiple phases of work have been executed restoring the exterior masonry façade, mitigating water infiltration and air leakage, improving outdoor event space, interpreting the demolished observatory and installing a 16-well geothermal system in the east lawn with heat pumps discretely hidden throughout the house.
Winner: 2014 City of Evanston Preservation and Design Award, Innovative Solutions In Preservation; 2015 Design Evanston Award for Rehabilitation