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Campus Historic Preservation Efforts Lauded

Northwestern receives Evanston preservation and design awards

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The City of Evanston has recognized Northwestern University’s innovative renovation work and commitment to preserving its historic properties.

Three recent construction projects have been given Evanston Preservation and Design Awards for 2015.

Scott Hall and Cahn Auditorium, Proper Restoration/Rehabilitation

Approximately 270 exterior windows facing Sheridan Road were restored to original quality.

Patten Gymnasium, Innovative Solution in Preservation

The gymnasium, built in 1940, required major facade improvements due to structural defects. Working closely with the architect and contractor, the University developed an innovative structural solution which left the facade unchanged.

Pi Beta Phi sorority (636 Emerson St.), Sensitive Addition/Innovative Solutions in Preservation

Created a seamless and integrated design for an accessible walkway, patio and supporting landscaping.

“Northwestern is very conscious of enhancing its environment. It also is aware of new technologies that aid in restoration processes,” said Andrew McGonigle, project manager of Facilities Management. “We’re proud to work closely with Evanston’s Preservation Commission so that, whenever possible, people see the Northwestern campus as it has always been.”

Evanston Preservation and Design Awards recognize property owners, architects, contractors and local organizations for their contribution to maintaining and enhancing the architectural, historical and cultural heritage of the city. Projects are judged in a range of categories, including sensitive addition, adaptive reuse and appropriate new construction.

Northwestern also received five awards this year from Design Evanston, a nonprofit advocacy group that promote quality design.

  • Sailing Center for Excellence in Design: New Construction
  • Scott Hall and Cahn Auditorium Citation of Merit for Rehabilitation and Renovation
  • Harris Hall for Excellence in Design: Rehabilitation/Renovation
  • Seeley G. Mudd Library for Significant Contribution: Rehabilitation/Renovation
  • Seabury Hall for Significant Contribution: Rehabilitation/Renovation

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