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Mies van der Rohe's Lake Shore Drive Restoration / Krueck & Sexton Architects

  • Architects: Krueck & Sexton Architects
  • Location: Chicago, IL 60611, USA
  • Original Architect: Mies van der Rohe
  • Preservation Architect: Harboe Architects, P.C., Gunny Harboe (Principal in Charge), Douglas Gilbert (Preservation Project Architect).
  • Lighting Consultant: Schuler Shook, Jim Baney, IALD, LC
  • Client: 860-880 Condominium Association
  • Client / Owner: 860 Lake Shore Drive Trust, Marc Boxerman, Board Member & President
  • Building Management: 860 Lake Shore Drive Trust, Kayla Ehrlich, Building Manager
  • General Contractor: Bulley & Andrews, LLC, Paul Hellermann (President), Bruce Wance (Sr. Project Manager)
  • Original Completion Date: 1951
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: William Zbaren

© William Zbaren © William Zbaren © William Zbaren © William Zbaren

"Restoring Modernism", Ron Krueck on architectural legacy

Widely recognized as one of the 20th Century’s most iconic residential projects, 860-880 Lake Shore Drive consists of two 26-story rectangular condominium buildings surrounded by an irregular travertine plaza. The steel and glass towers are connected by a covered walkway.

© William Zbaren
© William Zbaren

In addition to more than half a century of normal wear and tear, the buildings had endured several restoration attempts over the years. The problems included corrosion of the building’s exposed steel frame, failure of the lobby glazing system and extensive cracking and discoloration of the travertine plaza.

© William Zbaren
© William Zbaren

There were also aesthetic issues. The original frosted glass in the lobby had been replaced in the early 1980s by a laminate system with a translucent interlayer that created an historically inaccurate aquamarine tint.

© William Zbaren
© William Zbaren

The restoration included recoating the steel frame and cleaning the original aluminum windows. In addition, new sandblasted glass in the lobby recreated the soft, velvety look of the original.

© William Zbaren
© William Zbaren

Finally, the plaza was rebuilt, a process that included replacing the original travertine slabs, designing a new more or less invisible drainage system and recreating the original plaza lighting scheme.

Ground floor plan
Ground floor plan

Designed to take advantage of a 2008 tax credit, the project began in the summer of 2007 and was completed in December of 2009 at a cost of $9 million.

- Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc., Arne Johnson (Principal in Charge & Structural Engineer), Michael Scheffler, PE (Senior Consultant), Ken Itle (Forensic Project Architect)

- Wiss Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., Paul Gaudette (Concrete Quality Control), Joshua Freedland (Paint Forensics), Jason Aspin (Roofing)

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