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, a National Historic Landmark. 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 structures’ integrity, and affect environmental efficiencies and sustainable technologies. Multiple phases of work have been executed restoring the exterior masonry façade and main entrance, mitigating water infiltration and air leakage, addressing structural deficiencies at the Coach house, replacing the rear porch, 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 to provide climate control throughout the house museum. The restoration program was successfully completed at the end of 2020.
Winner: 2014 City of Evanston Preservation and Design Award, Innovative Solutions In Preservation; 2015 Design Evanston Award for Rehabilitation