2023 Preservation Excellence Awards

The projects below each received a 2023 Preservation Excellence Award from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

The 2023 ceremony marked the 24th year the City has issued the awards. Selected by the commission’s Permit Review Committee, the awardees include a variety of individual landmarks and landmark district projects showcasing the best in preservation work across the city. 

3916 N. Tripp Ave.

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John Nuveen House

Built in 1892, the John Nuveen House is a Queen Anne style home that reflects the historic development of the Irving Park neighborhood with single-family houses on oversized lots. The house was recently saved from demolition by new owners RJ and Joanna Acosta, who performed a comprehensive restoration that included original siding, windows, trim and front porch, among other details. 

Category: Rehabilitation

605 E. 111th St.

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Former Pullman Club

The former Pullman Club building in the Pullman District was built in 1881 as a single-family residence before becoming a club for Pullman Co. executives from 1900 into the 1950s. Its recent rehabilitation and conversion into the Pullman Club Coffee Shop included the addition of an ADA-accessible ramp that includes unique screening due to the reintroduction of a former fence based on historic documentation. 

Category: Rehabilitation

6231 N. Canfield Ave.

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John Wingert House

Built in stages starting in 1854, the Italianate Wingert House had just survived a 2021 fire when it was acquired by developer Haaris Ishaq as a home for his family. Extensive repair and restoration work included the roof, cornice, door surrounds, windows and foundation. 

Category: Rehabilitation

820-1200 W. Fulton Market

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Fulton Market Streetscape

A two-phase Chicago Department of Transportation project for a half-mile section of roadway in a former meatpacking district included the salvaging of historic pavers, accessibility improvements to former loading docks and extensive streetscaping and lighting. The project emphasizes the area’s industrial past while also meeting contemporary public safety and transportation needs.

Category: Rehabilitation

3728 N. Springfield Ave.

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Villa District private home

Built in 1909, the Craftsman-style residence in the Villa District had been highly modified by the time Amber Housing LLC initiated a comprehensive project that revealed and restored its original siding, window openings, art glass and other historic features, including the rebuilding of the original front porch based on historic images. 

Category: Rehabilitation

2107 N. Cleveland Ave.

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Mid-North District private home

In replacing a commercial building that had become structurally dangerous, Felix Widjaja and Delia Setiawan created a modern compliment to two- and three-story masonry townhouses and single-family homes that characterize the historic street. Set on a raised basement wrapped in limestone ashlar, the two-story red-brick residence is accessed by a set of limestone stairs that seamlessly blends with its neighbors. 

Category: New Construction

1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd.

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K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Temple

Constructed in 1924, K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Temple houses the oldest Jewish congregation in the Midwest and traces its roots to 1847.  Recent capital improvements included sanctuary refurbishments, the restoration of more than 60 historic stained glass windows and the addition of protective storm windows that enable the original windows to operate freely.

Category: Restoration