Originally constructed in 1911 for the Otis Elevator Company, this 8-story steel framed building was designed by the famed architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham. An early example of a masonry curtain wall system, the front elevations are clad primarily in brick masonry with terra cotta accents and the rear elevations are clad in common brick with terra cotta window heads and sills. The rear light court is clad with white glazed brick to reflect more light into the building.
After completing a condition assessment for compliance with the municipal façade ordinance and development of a repair program, WGI prepared bidding/construction documents for the restoration of the façade, including reconstruction of displaced or deteriorated masonry, replacement of corroded steel shelf and lintel angles, replacement of damaged terra cotta with GFRC replicas, replacement of failed joint sealants, and repair of the exterior steel fire escape. Construction was completed in 2019.
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