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 »
As part of an Association for Preservation Technology Western Great Lakes Chapter community service project, Scott Utter of AltusWorks spent the day mentoring fifteen School of the Art Institute historic preservation graduate students on the art of performing a condition assessment. Their focus was a portion of a long vacant and significantly deteriorated early ballroom known as The Forum. Located in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, this venue was a prestigious stop on the road for traveling jazz and blues musicians such as Nat King Cole. Read full entry »
With approximately 600 people in attendance and over $240,000 raised for student scholarships, the annual ACE Fundraiser Luncheon was the most successful in Chicago ACE Mentor’s fifteen year history! Carolyn Isaacson of AltusWorks was especially proud to attend and celebrate the legacy and future of the program. As an alumna of the ACE program and current mentor, Carolyn continues to be involved in the program and is an active proponent of its mission. Through its dedication to introducing high school junior and senior students to the design and construction world, ACE fosters teamwork, curiosity, and professionalism in all its students. Read full entry »
The Portage Park neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side is where AltusWorks calls home. We’re just up the street from Six Corners — the intersection of Irving Park Road, Cicero Avenue and Milwaukee Avenue.
Ellen Stoner, AltusWorks’ Principal, was approached by the Six Corners Association Bike Committee to help fund on-street bike-parking corrals. We’re pleased to announce that $10,000 was raised from the community and other local business owners. Four corrals will be installed in 2015.
Six Corners has welcomed more than 20 businesses in 2014, with more on board for the coming months. Read full entry »
Mara Braspenninx recently returned to her alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to speak to students about careers in real estate. Organized by Donna Pugh of Foley and Lardner, Mara was one of five panelists sharing expertise on career options and tips to prepare for jobs post-graduation.
The student majors varied, including architecture, law and finance, reflecting a renewed interest in real estate as a viable career option, and an indicator of a stronger economy.
Scott Utter, Mara Braspenninx and Christen Sundquist enjoyed catching up with colleagues as well as meeting other preservation professionals at the chapters Holiday Party and Annual Meeting, January 24, 2014. The holiday party included a recap of the chapter’s last year’s events, announcement of upcoming events, congratulating the new board members, which included Christen Sundquist and saying thank you for the board members who resigned, which included Scott Utter.
Joakim Bäckström of AltusWorks had the honor and pleasure to serve as tour guide of our great City for a visiting Swedish Professional Organization, SBR, whose members consists of architects and engineers involved with quality control within the building industry. He has done this numerous times in the past with Architectural Firms, and in October, the pilgrimage was made by SBR, www.sbr.se. A total of about 25 people over the course of a long weekend, walked, toured, dined, and enjoyed what the City can offer. Read full entry »
AltusWorks’ employee Mara Braspenninx was elected to the position of Worthy Grand Associate Architect (National Vice President) of Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity at its National Convention March 23, 2013.
Alpha Rho Chi (APX) is the national professional fraternity for men and women in architecture and the allied arts, with student chapters at 25 schools of architecture and alumni nationwide. Founded in 1914 on the principles of fellowship and scholarship in architecture, APX is also a charter member of the Professional Fraternity Association. Read full entry »
AltusWorks is assisting the Six Corners Association in preparing a National Register District Nomination for the business district of the Portage Park neighborhood, much of which was built between 1900 and 1930. The Six Corners are the intersection of Irving Park Road and Cicero and Milwaukee Avenues. Through research and review of historic maps, building permits and photographs, as well as visual surveys and documentation of the neighborhood, AltusWorks is working with the Association and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency to determine the area’s eligibility for the National Register. Read full entry »
The owner of a Richard Romanesque three flat located on North Avenue in Chicago donated the building’s historic façade to Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois (LPCI), through its Easement Program. In exchange for a one-time federal tax deduction, LPCI monitors all proposed work to the façade. The owner is seeking LPCI approval for repairs to decorative metal and wood elements, as well as removal and replacement of modern, unsympathetic EIFS siding on the 3rd floor bay. LPCI Board Member and AltusWorks Principal Ellen Stoner is assisting by verifying the historic elements of the building, determining their condition and recommending alternative designs and materials for any contemporary alterations. Read full entry »