Historic Preservation

Art and Architecture Restoration Featured Article in APT Bulletin

The current issue of APT Bulletin, the Journal of Preservation Technology, focuses on the restoration of modern architecture and features an article authored by Kelsey Shipton and Scott Utter of AltusWorks.  The article outlines the analysis and restoration of Walter Netsch’s Art and Architecture Building located on University of Illinois’ Chicago campus. The article summarizes their presentation made at the Association of Preservation Technology International’s conference last fall and provides insight into the restoration approaches available for late modern architecture.  The preservation of buildings from the late modern and brutalist era (1950’s – mid 1970’s) is an emerging discussion as building owners strive to meet energy performance goals, address failures of experimental design detailing and learn to cherish the  underappreciated aesthetic. Read full entry »

Ellen Stoner posted this on 10/11/17 in Historic Preservation, Restoration.

Historic Preservation Architect Retainer Contract Awarded to AltusWorks

Recognized for our unique combination of analytical skills, depth of technical knowledge and flexibility to take on a wide variety of concurrent assignments, AltusWorks has been selected by the University of Illinois to act as their on-call Historic Preservation Architect.

We look forward to assisting the university from which many of us received our professional education with meeting their commitment to protecting and enhancing their cultural and architectural historic resources. Read full entry »

Ellen Stoner posted this on 6/20/17 in Historic Preservation, Restoration.

Magnificent Mash-up: Historic Preservation with Improved Energy Efficiency

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 »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 5/24/16 in Green Projects, Historic Preservation.

Welcome Madame Secretary!

Congratulations to AltusWorks’ team member, Kelsey Shipton, on her election to the board of the Western Great Lake Chapter (WGLC) of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT)! Beginning at the end of January, Kelsey will serve as the chapter’s secretary for a two-year term. APT “is a cross – disciplinary membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings.” AltusWorks has been a corporate member of APTI for many years and was instrumental in getting the local chapter established in 2009. Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 1/27/16 in Community Work, Historic Preservation, Restoration.

The Walls (Will Not) Come Tumbling Down…

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, Inc. posted this on 1/21/16 in Historic Preservation.

And the Award Goes to…

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 »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 12/1/15 in Community Work, Historic Preservation, Restoration.

Back to School!

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 »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 11/17/15 in Community Work, Historic Preservation.

How do you get up those stairs?

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 »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 10/6/15 in Community Work, Historic Preservation.

The Pullman National Monument “Ideas Book”

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 Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 9/15/15 in Community Work, Historic Preservation.

Windy City RE Takes a Commanding Presence in the Motor Row Historic District

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 »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 7/8/15 in Historic Preservation, Renovation, Retail.