Chicago Preservation Excellence Award
Presented by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks for Preservation Excellence.
2014 Chicago Preservation Excellence Awards in Rogers Park and/or West Ridge
7415 N. Sheridan Road Emil Bach House Restoration
Recipient: Tawani Enterprises Inc.
The Emil Bach House was designed by world-famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright for a German immigrant businessman. When originally built in 1915, this compact Prairie-style single-family house had a clear view to Lake Michigan. The building’s restoration was based on careful historic research and materials investigation. Site improvements were made, including the replication of garden walls and pavers. The building required new exterior stucco to match the historic color and texture of the original stucco. The historic masonry was repaired and repointed with new mortar that matched the original mortar. Exterior woodwork was stained to match the historic color and finish. The balconies were restored and the second-floor porch was opened. Missing interior features and millwork were restored and missing art-glass windows were replaced throughout. The Emil Bach House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and was designated a Chicago Landmark on Wednesday, September 28, 1977.
2501 W. Lunt Avenue Indian Boundary Park Fieldhouse Restoration and Reconstruction
Recipient: Chicago Park District
The Indian Boundary Park Fieldhouse was built in 1929 by Chicago architect Clarence Hatzfeld, a prominent architect of fieldhouse buildings during the 1920s. The building is notable for its rare and unusual combination of picturesque Tudor Revival design and Native American imagery, and it exemplifies the changing role of parks in Chicago in the early 20th century from pastoral settings devoted to passive recreation to landscapes more intensively programmed with recreational and social uses. In 2012 the building was significantly damaged by fire. Restoration work included the replication of the first-floor ballroom based on historic documentation and original drawings, the reinstallation of salvaged timbers, and the restoration of salvaged lighting fixtures. Existing steel casement windows were retained and repaired as necessary. The multi-colored slate roof was retained and repaired, and masonry was cleaned. Indian Boundary Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995, and the Indian Boundary Park Fieldhouse was designated a Chicago Landmark on Wednesday, May 11, 2005.