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100 Years of Healthy Living: Commemorating the Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium

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 »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 5/1/15 in Historic Preservation.

Pullman National Monument is Real – Now What?

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 »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 4/22/15 in Community Work, Historic Preservation.

Nat King Cole Stood Here!

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 »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 4/15/15 in Community Work, Historic Preservation.

Fulton Market District- Preserving History While Sparking Reinvestment

To a full room at Foley and Lardner, Eleanor Gorski of the City’s Department of Planning, Chris Oakley of Convexity Properties and Ellen Stoner of AltusWorks, had a lively discussion about the preliminary historic district proposed at Fulton Market.  Moderated by Donna Pugh, the topic focused on the complexity of the layered regulations and city plans, challenges of developing within these parameters, and how architects focused on Historic Preservation can be a valued resource to achieving a balanced, successful process. Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 2/25/15 in Historic Preservation, Restoration.

Historic Uptown Theater site of holiday festivities

The AltusWorks team enjoyed a tour of the historic Uptown Theater as guests of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) – Western Great Lakes Chapter’s Annual Holiday Party. APT promotes the best practices for conserving historic structures and their settings.

The intent of the tour was to raise awareness of the theater’s importance and its continued struggle for rehabilitation. The Uptown Theater was designed by architects C.W. and Geo. L. Rapp on behalf of the Balaban and Katz Corporation. The theater opened in August 1925 and was described as “an acre of seats in a magic city” because it featured more than 4,300 seats. Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 1/27/15 in Historic Preservation.

CTA begins engineering for the Red-Purple Line Modernization

Under the leadership of T.Y. LIN International Group, AltusWorks is the Historic Preservation Consultant for the ambitious Core Capacity expansion project and will advise the design team on how best to knit expanded stations and rail lines into the existing urban fabric and minimize negative impact to five historic districts.

The Core Capacity funds are designed to help rail transit providers increase passenger volume without expanding the footprint of the system. The CTA is the first U.S. transit agency to receive the grant. Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 10/22/14 in Historic Preservation.

Cook County Hospital Site Generates Intense Interest

Ellen Stoner, AltusWorks’ Principal, was a member of a civic group sharing strategies on how to redevelop the historic Cook County Hospital building.  Ellen, a new member of Lambda Alpha International, was honored to be part of Team Bennett, so named for Edward H. Bennett, the sometimes forgotten co-author of the Plan of Chicago.

The presentations from five groups took place at the Chicago Architecture Foundation and were designed to generate ideas for the redevelopment RFP which will be released later this year.   Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 10/14/14 in Historic Preservation, Renovation.

Harper Theater wins multiple awards!

At a spectacular event celebrating vision, creativity and innovation hosted at Redmoon Theater’s new location, the Urban Land Institute awarded The Harper Theater its Vision Award in their “Mixed-Use” category. Jim Hennessy accepted the award (and slid down the slide!) for the University of Chicago. As the Masonry Preservation Consultant for OKW Architects, it has been extremely gratifying to be part of a team who values restoring our City’s existing fabric to provide economic and urban revitalization.

Earlier this year, the Harper Theater was bestowed the Marian and Leon Despres Preservation award by the Hyde Park Historical Society. Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 6/16/14 in Historic Preservation, Press.

AltusWorks recognized for innovative preservation

We at AltusWorks are passionate about integrity in restoration. Recently, our very own Ellen Stoner and Scott Utter were honored to be awarded with the 2014 City of Evanston Preservation and Design Award in their work to sensitively incorporate a passive geothermal system into the Dawes House. According to one juror, “…the applicant could have made a lot of mistakes in this ambitious installation of a geothermal system into a National Historic Landmark but they didn’t. The work is nearly indiscernible on the interior and exterior of the Dawes House.” Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 6/2/14 in Historic Preservation.

“Landmarks the Spot!” at Trivia Night

Landmarks Illinois’ Skyline Council hosted its second Trivia Night on January 30, 2014. Christen Sundquist of AltusWorks, along with Krista Gnatt of Bulley & Andrews Construction, her husband Joe, Kelsey Shipton of US Heritage Group, Erika Fabisch, a city planner for the Village of Wilmette, and Nicole Lucky, a legal and policy advisor, formed the team “Landmarks the Spot!” and enjoyed a fun and competitive evening with other preservation minded professionals.

Photo Credit: Frank Butterfield Read full entry »

AltusWorks, Inc. posted this on 2/6/14 in Historic Preservation.