LondonHouse wins award for transforming 93-year-old Loop building
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Photo by Steven Dahlman LondonHouse wins award for transforming 93-year-old Loop building

(Left) This new addition, between the original London Guarantee Building on the left and Mather Tower on the right, gives the hotel about 80 of its 452 rooms. (Click on images to view larger versions.)

5-Oct-16 – Turning a 93-year-old building in the Loop – and the parking lot next to it – into a 452-room hotel got the attention of Landmarks Illinois and LondonHouse will be one of three Chicago buildings honored for historic preservation.

An award ceremony scheduled for October 22 will recognize, says the organization, “extraordinary efforts to save, restore, rehabilitate and reuse historic places in Illinois.”

“LondonHouse completes the rejuvenation of one of the nation’s most important commercial and historic corridors,” says Bonnie McDonald (right), president and CEO of Landmarks Illinois, the nonprofit advocate for the protection of historic and architecturally significant properties in the state. “An elegant contemporary addition proves that preservation and modern design can go hand-in-hand and be approved by the Landmarks Commission.” Bonnie McDonald

The hotel was built from the 93-year-old London Guarantee Building on East Wacker Drive. Restoration work included repair of the monumental cast-iron windows on the lower floors, restoration of ornamental limestone facade, and stone repair and reconstruction. LondonHouse is located on floors 3-22 of the original building and all 22 floors of the Modernist glass tower next to it. Designed by Goettsch Partners for Oxford Capital Group, it was constructed in space that was once a parking lot between London Guarantee Building and Mather Tower.

Photo by Steven Dahlman McDonald called the LondonHouse rehab “stunning, gorgeous, luxurious, classic, all adjectives used to describe the transformation grounded in the principles of preservation, adaptive reuse, and contextual design.”

LondonHouse officially opened on June 1, less than two months after it was sold to a German company for $315 million.

(Left) Construction of the addition between London Guarantee Building (left) and Mather Tower (right) on April 5, 2015.

Also being recognized are two Chicago projects, Stony Island Arts Bank, south of the Loop near Jackson Park, and Strand Apartments, rebuilt from a 101-year-old hotel that was once part of a vibrant jazz scene in the Woodlawn neighborhood.

Landmarks Illinois 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards Celebration

Saturday, October 22, 4-8 p.m.

Venue One, 1034 West Randolph Street Map

Open to the public. Tickets: $50 for non-members.

  • 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. – From Vacant to Vibrant, a panel discussion on historic preservation moderated by Landmarks Illinois Board Chair Will Tippens. 2016 award winners will share stories of their preservation efforts.
  • 5:30 to 7:00 p.m – Awards ceremony
  • 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres

More information: Landmarks Illinois

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By Steven Dahlman | Loop North News | sdahlman@loopnorth.com

Published 5-Oct-16 1:55 AM

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