As a designated landmark in the 19th Ward’s Historic Train Station District, this neglected station required an intricate, true-to-original renovation, adhering to the City of Chicago’s rigorous landmark preservation standards.
Over the years, the station house interior suffered from extensive water damage and general age deterioration. After being completely gutted, the entire structure was raised, and the original wooden timber foundation was replaced with a concrete pad.
Other major structural modifications included removing the second floor to create a 2-story foyer. Significant care was taken in expertly refurbishing significant architectural elements such as windows, ornate corbel brackets, and the distinctive onion-dome cupola.
Construction of a new, heated platform shelter that was designed to match the renovated station house added to commuter comfort. Commuter convenience was further enhanced with the installation of an ADA compliant platform, additional parking area and site utility improvements.