Reliance Building/Hotel Burnham

Location:Chicago, Illinois
Client: McCaffery Interests
Project description: Antunovich Associates collaborated with McCaffery Interests on the restoration and conversion of the historic Reliance Building into a 122-room boutique hotel, Hotel Burnham. The Reliance Building, designed by John Welborn Root and Charles B. Atwood of D.H. Burnham & Company, and constructed in 1895, is recognized as the precursor of the modern glass and steel high-rise buildings. The Reliance Building is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Reliance Building was meticulously restored in conformance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. Phase one included the restoration of the terra-cotta exterior, the replacement of the historic cornice, and replacement of windows above the first floor. The second phase included reconstructing the ornate first-floor storefront, rehabilitating the ornate first-floor elevator lobby and stair, restoring the elevator lobby and corridors on four upper-level floors, and restoring the ornate stair that connects all upper levels of the building.

2000, American Institute of Architects - Distinguished Building Citation of Merit & Interior Architecture Honor Award
2000, City of Chicago, Commission on Chicago Landmarks - Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation Excellence
2000, Landmarks Illinois - Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award, Preservation Project of the Year
2001, American Institute of Architects - Honor Award for Architecture - Rehabilitation / Restoration
2001, National Trust for historic Preservation - National Preservation Honor Award
2002, Urban Land Institute - Award for Excellence - Rehabilitation / Restoration

Size: 79,000 SF, 122 Room Hotel

Services: Architecture

224 West Huron Street, Suite 7E
Chicago, Illinois 60654
phone: 312. 266. 1126

Washington, D.C.
1144 3rd Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
phone: 202. 540. 1144

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