• Originally designed around 1908 by architect Emil Frommann, this building combines Art Nouveau, Vienna Secessionist, and Prairie Style influences. It also has a different use on each of its four floors. We redesigned its interior spaces to current standards; adding new cabinetry, fixtures and finishes while keeping the integrity of the ornate original styling, on a limited budget.

  • The main level has the reception area and office space for the nonprofit foundation. Finishes were updated or replaced throughout all levels along with new restrooms and new lighting.

  • The second level is a conference center that also accommodates overnight guests.

  • The third level plan is a high-end apartment that is rented to provide cash flow for the foundation. It will provide for future expansion of the conference center.

  • The garden level plan has a library with a reading room and classrooms along with storage and support space for the offices.

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Chicago Renovation Mixed Use

Arcadea’s principal, David Biek, has designed more than eighty commercial and residential renovations. These can often be more challenging than much larger and more complex project types. Making cost effective new use of an existing structure, particularly an old one with valuable character, is an art and skill we have spent many years perfecting. We have created drawings from scratch for more than twenty structures in the past eight years, and for quite a number of buildings 50 to 200 years old.

  • Date June 18, 2014
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