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.
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.
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