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2009 Chicago Landmark Restoration & Preservation Awards

September 07, 2009

ukranianvillagechicagoThe 17 honorees for 2009 received their awards last week in a ceremony at the Palmer House.  The awards are given to acknowledge efforts in restoring city landmarks and preserving the city’s architectural and cultural heritage. The laurels are bestowed by the Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Zoning and Land Use Planning.  Only properties that have been designated by the City Council as individual Chicago landmarks or that are within a Chicago Landmark District are eligible.  Chicago has 282 individual landmark buildings, monuments and sites, and 59 designated landmark districts, which total about 9,200 structures are of historical significance.

Ukrainian Village District: Near West Side residents Alex and Joanna Vetter won the award for restoration on their home on North Hoyne. The Italianate two-flat was built in 1909. The Vetters removed the non-historic porch and installed a new porch with painted wood stairs and decorative newel posts. They also restored the trim and added new windows and double doors with recessed panels. The rehab also included a new masonry rear addition, a new open metal fence, and new landscaping.

Pullman District: David and Gladys Swalina won for their exterior bay window restoration of their circa 1880s row home on South Forrestville on the South Side. The couple restored the two-story bay window, demonstrating how even a small project can have a dramatic visual impact, landmark judges said.

To restore the bay window to its original design the Swalinas replaced the asphalt siding with new wood siding and historically accurate Pullman-style wood windows. Other work included masonry repairs, new slate roofing for the front porch and the bay window, and new exterior paint to match the original Pullman colors. The project was assisted with the Pullman Facade Reimbursement program of the Beman Committee of the Pullman Civic Organization.

Historic Michigan Boulevard District: The Straus Building, known for its distinctive pyramidal roof, was designed by Graham, Anderson, Probst and White and was completed in 1924. The adjacent seven-story Kerman Building was refaced in 1899 by architects Hessenmueller and Meldahl for the Richelieu Hotel. Metropolitan Properties of Chicago LLC combined and converted both buildings at 310-318 S. Michigan from office buildings into residential condominiums.

Exterior restoration included stone and terra-cotta repair, new windows, penthouse additions, roofing and architectural lighting. A new elevator/stair tower was added at the back of the Straus Building. The Kerman Building’s primary facade had been badly damaged in the past, and the owner undertook masonry repairs including rebuilding the top floor and replacing a missing cornice.

Logan Square Boulevards District: Amy Thorne & James Hourican won an award for exterior rehabilitation and rear addition on North Humboldt. The two-story wood-frame single-family home was built in the 1880s. The extensive exterior work included: removing asphalt siding; repairing existing wood siding; reconstructing the front porch and repairing the existing Classical-style porch columns; replacing windows, and building a new rear addition.

Longwood Drive District: Gary and Denise Gardner won an award for a new rear addition to their home on South Longwood Drive. This home was built circa 1915 in the Renaissance Revival style, with later front and rear additions. The current project to expand the home to the rear of this corner lot sympathetically reflects the historic style of the home while allowing for a garage reconfiguration and additional space.

Here is an official list of all the Chicago Landmarks from the city database.

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