This past weekend, The Chicago Tribune's Blair Kamin wrote an article about our current Featured Project: the Old Colony Building. The $58 million renovation has been guided by Chicago architects Pappageorge Haymes Partners. We are the exterior wall restoration architect team member for the adaptive re-use of this historic building. It is a pleasure to be a part of an effort designed to bring this building back to life.
Here are a few excerpts from Mr. Kamin's article, Old Colony Building renovation provides youthful kick:
A cleaning has revealed the Old Colony's true hues: a dignified yet lively blend of gray limestone and cream-colored brick, with terra cotta accents...
Details like the shields that pay tribute to the founding of Plymouth Colony in 1620 pop out with new crispness at the Dearborn Street entrance.
Quirkiness and layers of history are celebrated, not eradicated... Thankfully, these and other updates have freshened, not wrecked, the Old Colony's matchless character.
The Old Colony Building was originally constructed in 1894 and the original architect was Holabird and Roche. According to Pappageorge Haymes Partners, the building was the first of its kind to employ a unique structural portal wind-bracing system, allowing for open floor plates and thinner masonry exterior cladding. The redevelopment and modernization of the structure was crafted to take advantage of the many surviving original (historic) components including marble clad walls, interior glazed office partitions, ornate trim, mosaic floors, and precast "scagliola" plaster, and to restore the original DH wood windows.
The building is a Chicago Landmark Building and is on the National Register of Historic Places.