1029 W. Madison

Type: Historic Renovation / Office Build-out
Location: Chicago, Illinois

Size: 50,000 SQ FT
Completion: 2012

Built in 1872 and known as the Holden Block after its original owner, the structure at 1029 West Madison is now the last of what was a once-ubiquitous property type lining miles of commercial streets. After obtaining a historic landmark designation, Widler Architectural collaborated with SCC to rescue this four-story Italianate loft building from 20 years of vacancy.

To keep the 19th century character while integrating SCC’s cutting-edge image, the design team blended clean lines and modern materials with exposed brick, timber ceilings and refurbished original floors. The interior scope of work also included new code-compliant exit stairs, new elevator towers, an office build-out, new bathrooms, and all new mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and fire-protection systems including a new sprinkler system for the entire building.

Exterior work included removal of the fire escapes; removal of the non-historic cladding at the ground-floor; removal of the non-historic infill at the masonry openings; masonry repairs, cleaning, and tuckpointing; restoration and reconstruction of the ground-floor at the front facade; reconstruction of the missing cornice; new double-hung windows, and a new 2,500 sq’ green rooftop deck.