1425 N. Milwaukee Receives City Of Chicago 2020 Preservation Excellence Award

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1425 N. Milwaukee is a proud recipient of the 2020 Preservation Excellence Award from the City of Chicago's Landmarks Commission. 1425 N. Milwaukee is one of nine projects recognized for its contributions to the preservation of the city's architectural heritage. It is an honor to have been a part of this project team and we are grateful to all of our consultants and collaborating team members.

"The Milwaukee Avenue District includes one of Chicago's most historic commercial quarters. The street reads as a patchwork of heights, colors, and textures. The three buildings at 1421 and 1427 date from the 1880s to 1910 and were each designed in a different architectural style: classical revival, renaissance revival, and italianate respectively. These three buildings were previously interconnected to accommodate the Meyor Furniture warehouse which operated there until the 1960s. Continental Furniture occupied the space for the subsequent decades up until 2014. For decades the windows were filled with glass blocks. As part of the rehabilitation, all the glass block was removed and replaced with new historically appropriate windows. New compatible storefronts were inserted on the first floor and all the masonry was gently cleaned, repaired, and re-painted as necessary. The newly renovated buildings have retail on the first two floors and apartments above. Because the project is seeking 20% federal rehabilitation tax credit, a number of original interior features were retained as well as including the original tin ceilings in the first floor retail spaces. What was once a collection of underutilized buildings, is now an outstanding example of architecture in the district."

Project Architect: Jon Young

Read more about the award here.
Watch the award ceremony here.