WIN: Commission on Chicago Landmarks Celebrates Best Preservation Projects of 2022

“The Commission on Chicago Landmarks honored eight successful development projects and seven advocacy leaders at the 2022 Preservation Excellence Awards.

“The projects included the restored Grand Army of the Republic rooms at the Chicago Cultural Center in the Loop, the rehabilitated Lion House at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and a restored home in the Claremont Cottage District on the Near West Side.

“The Preservation Excellence awards have been presented annually since 1999 to individuals, nonprofits, businesses, and public bodies that have significantly contributed to Chicago’s architectural and cultural history. The Landmarks Commission’s Permit Review Committee reviewed and selected the winners over the past year.

“‘Today’s event highlights the owners who act as good stewards of our existing landmark properties, the advocates who push for local protections, and the citizens who take it upon themselves to care for archived records of memory that others might have overlooked,’ said Commissioner Maurice Cox of the Department of Planning and Development (DPD), which provides staff services to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.”

“The 2022 winners include:

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Grand Army of the Republic Rooms
Recipient: City of Chicago

The award recognizes restoration work to the Grand Army of the Republic Rooms that date to the Cultural Center’s construction in 1897, including a 40-foot dome containing 62,000 pieces of stained glass.

Grand Army of the Republic Rotunda at the Chicago Cultural Center, 1897, Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, 78 E. Washington St. Photo Credit: Evergreene Architectural Arts

 226 W. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago and Northwestern Railway Office Building
Recipient: Phoenix Development Partners

The adaptive reuse of of the former railway headquarters into a pair of hotels preserved and repaired the building’s historic windows and granite and terra cotta masonry units.

226 W Jackson Boulevard / Former Chicago & North Western Railway Company Building, Frost and Granger, 1905, 226 W. Jackson Boulevard. Photo Credit: Jack Crawford / Chicago YIMBY
226 W Jackson Boulevard / Former Chicago & North Western Railway Company Building, Frost and Granger, 1905, 226 W. Jackson Boulevard. Photo Credit: Jack Crawford / Chicago YIMBY

Lincoln Park Zoo Lion House
Recipient: Lincoln Park Zoo

Recently completed improvements to the 110-year-old Lincoln Park zoo facility include new lion habitats, outdoor viewing shelters, new animal care facilities, and meeting and event spaces.

Lincoln Park Zoo Kovler Lion House / Pepper Wildlife Center, 1912, Dwight Perkins, with his partners William Fellows and John Hamilton. Designated a Chicago Landmark in 2005. Photo Credit: Tom Harris
Lincoln Park Zoo Kovler Lion House / Pepper Wildlife Center, 1912, Dwight Perkins, with his partners William Fellows and John Hamilton. Designated a Chicago Landmark in 2005. Photo Credit: Tom Harris

‘Minnekirken’ Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, 2612 N. Kedzie Ave., Logan Square Boulevards District
Recipient: Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church

Partly funded through an Adopt-A-Landmarks grant, recent exterior masonry repairs to the 110-year-old church included rebuilt piers, face brick replacement and tuckpointing.

Minnekirken Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, 1912, Charles F. Sorensen, 2614 N. Kedzie Ave. Photo Credit: Eric Allix Rogers

1025 S. Claremont Ave., Claremont Cottage District
Recipient: Vista Group Real Estate

The restored 1884 workers cottage includes a remodeled interior to meet modern needs and a skillfully restored exterior that preserves the late 1800s character of the 19-building Claremont Cottage landmark district.

1025 S. Claremont Ave., Claremont Cottage District, 1884, Cicero Hine. Photo Credit: Vista Group Real Estate

Bronzeville Historical Society Members; Nettie Nesbary, Lettie Sabbs, Lauran Bibbs, Doris Morton, and Sylvia Rogers

The advocacy award is being share by five women who, over several years, created a 120,000-person database of noted Black Chicagoans that is organized by name, birth date, birthplace, next of kin, and burial location.

Members of the Bronzeville Historical Society joined Illinois Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza on October 4, 2022 at the Bronzeville Historical Society offices on the South Side. Photo Credit: Anthony Vazquez / Sun-Times

Lisa DiChiera, Emeritus Advocacy Director of Landmarks Illinois

The advocacy award recognizes Lisa DiChiera’s 22-year commitment to local preservation issues as the advocacy director of Landmarks Illinois, where she helped support and lead multiple successful preservation efforts across the state.

Lisa DiChiera with a “Save the Magnificent Mile” poster during her first months on the job at Landmarks Illinois. Photo Credit: Landmarks Illinois

Tim Samuelson, City of Chicago Cultural Historian Emeritus

The John Baird Award for Stewardship recognizes Tim Samuelson for his expertise on Chicago’s African American heritage and the City’s legacy of progressive architecture, including the work of architects Pond & Pond, Bruce Goff, and affordable housing designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

After decades of brilliantly slicing, dicing and packaging Chicago’s history for the masses, Chicago Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson retired in 2020. Tim Samuelson showing off a Veg-O-Matic from his Ron Popeil’s “But Wait, There’s More!” artifact collection in 1999. Photo Credit: Paul Natkin

 

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