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Chicago Architects Name the Hotel Burnham/Reliance
Building the Best Preservation of an Existing Building
in Chicago in the last 10 Years


CHICAGO (July 15, 2004) – According to a recent survey by the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Hotel Burnham/Reliance Building was voted the best preservation or re-use of an existing building in Chicago in the last 10 years.  In the survey, which was given to members of the Chicago architectural and design professions to mark the return of the AIA’s national conference to Chicago, the Hotel Burnham captured the majority of the vote, a whopping 48% percent.  Bloomingdale’s Home Store/Medinah Temple and Soldier Field came in second and third with 17% and 16% of the vote, respectively. 
“To be regarded as one of the best in Chicago for our restoration by professionals in the field of architecture and design, is an honor.  The skillfully handled and meticulous restoration has left us with a wonderful resource and piece of living history that we are proud to share with the people of Chicago and the rest of the world,” said Thomas Mathes, general manager. 

As one of Chicago’s most significant architectural landmarks, the Hotel Burnham has won three major architecture awards in the past three years and a host of other distinctions.  In 2001, the Hotel Burnham was selected from more than 420 submissions to receive the national Honor Award for outstanding architecture by the 

Hotel Burnham
1 West Washington
Chicago, Illinois
American Institute of Architects. Later that year, the Hotel Burnham was honored with a National Preservation Honor Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Most recently, the Burnham received the international Award for Excellence in the Small-Scale Rehabilitation by the Urban Land Institute in 2003. 

During the late 1800s, a commercial architectural style surfaced in Chicago, which later became known as “the Chicago style.”  Completed in 1895, the Reliance Building was not only a premier product of this school of architecture, it was the first direct predecessor to the modern skyscrapers that are such a large part of Chicago today. The 14 floors of the Reliance Building seemed to defy gravity due to its interior iron and steel frame construction and delicate glass and terra cotta facade. Carson Pirie Scott & Company was a tenant on the ground and mezzanine floors in the early 1900s.  In 1999 the Reliance Building was restored and transformed into the 122-room European-style hotel under the architectural direction of Chicago-based Antunovich Associates Inc., with assistance from McClier for the restoration component.  Now, more than 100 years later after its construction, the Reliance Building serves as the Hotel Burnham, named after famed city planner and architect Daniel Burnham of D.H. Burnham and Co., the firm that originally designed the building.

About Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
Kimpton is a San Francisco-based company known for its collection of stylish boutique hotels that are coupled with bustling chef-driven restaurants.  Founded in 1981, the company currently operates 39 hotels and restaurants across the United States and Canada. Kimpton's combination of boutique-style, four-star service and an adjacent destination restaurant has proven a great success.  Kimpton’s signature elements are care, comfort, style, flavor and fun. The company recently opened the Hotel Marlowe in Cambridge, Mass. and the Argonaut Hotel located in the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park at Fisherman's Wharf.  Upcoming openings include: Onyx Hotel in Boston in May of 2004, 70 Park Avenue Hotel in New York City in July of 2004 and the Hotel Solamar in San Diego in April of 2005. 

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