Landmarks Commission Honors Chicago’s Best 2017 Historic Preservation Projects

On October 24, 2017, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks honored 13 outstanding historic renovation and redevelopment projects with the annual Preservation Excellence Awards.

The list of award winning projects included the rehabilitation of the long-vacant Rosenwald Court Apartments in Grand Boulevard (Chicago 7 Most Endangered 2007), the restoration of the 134-year-old All Saints Episcopal Church in Ravenswood, the adaptive reuse of the Bush Temple of Music on the Near North Side, the adaptive reuse of the former Mulligan School which suffered from a massive fire in Lincoln Park; the rehabilitation of the glorious art deco skyscraper at 333 N. Michigan Ave., the adaptive reuse of West Town’s Polish National Alliance Building, and the restoration of private homes in South Shore and the Near North Side.

“The Preservation Excellence Awards celebrate the remarkable commitments of private property owners to Chicago’s heritage, its history, and its character,” said David L. Reifman, commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development, which provides staff services to the Landmarks Commission. “In terms of rehabilitation and new construction, these projects represent the best of the best.”

Preservation Chicago applauds the leadership and vision of the owners, developers and architects who have stepped forward to “breath life” back into some of Chicago’s greatest architectural gems. The citizens of Chicago collectively owe you a debt of gratitude. Bravo!

Additional Reading

Landmarks Commission honors Chicago’s best preservation projects for 2017, Chicago DPD News Release, Oct 24, 2017

Bush Temple of Music, 800 N. Clark Street, Historic Photo Credit Chicagology.com
All Saints Episcopal Church, 4550 N. Hermitage Avenue, Photo Credit Eric Allix Rogers
Polish National Alliance Building, 1514-1520 W. Division Street, Photo Credit Eric Allix Rogers
Rosenwald Court Apartments, 4642 S. Michigan Ave, Photo Credit Eric Allix Rogers
Former James Mulligan Public School, 1855 N. Sheffield Avenue, Photo Credit Svigos Development

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