Vacant for many years, The Cedar Hotel occupied prime real estate, attracting several developers. Beloved by the community and recognized by the local Landmark authorities, the 1920’s four-story building presented challenges for developers. The main street façade, designed by Rissman and Herschfield, consists of decorative, cream-colored terra cotta units and red and brown face brick which was to be stabilized and maintained or reconstructed as part of the new development. The developer, Convexity Properties, along with the architect, Goettsch Partners, planned a development that includes the dismantling and reconstruction of the historic façade, maintaining its original character and appearance reusing it as a street-level face for a new tower.

Professional Services

K&H served as the historic façade consultant for this project. Services provided included, but were not limited to: initial feasibility studies and cost estimates; close-up site investigations; determining levels of deterioration to the façade components; permitting procedures and meetings with the Historic Preservation Division of the Chicago Department of Planning and Development; developing multiple construction document sets for demolition and dismantling permits to reconstruction documents and details; presenting options for reconstruction details including affiliated costs; interviewing bidders; evaluating restoration contractor bids; and assisting with construction administration services. As part of a large development, the reconstruction of the historic façade involves coordinating with the Architect and their consultants including structural engineers, lighting designers, material suppliers, window and storefront subcontractors, masonry subcontractor, and general contractor. To align the historic façade with the new structure, Klein and Hoffman designed additional terra cotta modules that are sensitive to the original design intent and meet the preservation requirements for this project. Reconstruction of the historic façade was completed in summer 2017 for the opening of the new, redeveloped hotel, Viceroy Chicago.

1112 – 1118 N STATE STREET
Chicago, IL

Facade Repair
Historic Preservation
Assessment & Resource Planning
High Rise

03/2014 - 12/2017

18 Floors

Philip Renouf, Senior Principal
Todd Gorrell, Principal