Dempster Street Station

Location:Skokie, Illinois
Client: Terraco Inc.
Project description: Antunovich Associates teamed with local Skokie developers, the Taxman Corporation and Terraco Inc. to restore, renovate, and move the historic Dempster Street Station. Already listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Landmarks Illinois (formerly LPCI) added the station to its list of "Ten Most Endangered" historic buildings. A Starbucks Coffee shop occupies the north storefront and additional commercial space located on the south side of the building. The restored train station is the anchor project for a planned Dempster Street Renaissance, which includes transit-oriented mixed-use developments and streetscape improvements.

The station was moved in one piece by saw-cutting the concrete foundations, building a temporary steel frame, jacking the structure up and rolling it across railroad tracks to its new foundations. Following original construction documents and period photographs, the building exterior was faithfully restored. Interior brick partitions were salvaged to rebuild losses in the outside wall, missing windows and storefronts were reconstructed using salvaged lumber, layers of paint were successfully stripped from the brick, the Ludowici clay tile roof was rebuilt with new tiles from the original manufacturer, new globe lights were made to match the original, and original paint colors were restored.

2004, Landmarks Illinois - Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award, President’s Award
2006, American Institute of Architects - Distinguished Building Award - Restoration and Adaptive Reuse

Size: 3,860 SF

Services: Architecture

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