Dwight Lofts

642-south-clark-dwight-lofts-300The Dwight Lofts Building

642 South Clark Street

Chicago, IL 60605

Built: 1910

Original Architect: Schmidt, Garden & Martin

Restoration Architect: Mary Brush,  Brush Architects, LLC


Building History
The Dwight lofts building was designed in 1910 by Schmidt, Garden & Martin as a light industrial loft building.  The building was listed on the National Register of Historic places.  In 2008 the building was substantially modified and received a 6-story structural steel frame addition as it was converted to dormitory loft residences.

Preservation and Building Pathology Challenges
The client retained Brush Architects to complete the facade investigation and restoration initially designed by Mary Brush while she was the preservation group leader and envelope specialist at
Holabird & Root.  The transition to Brush architects allowed continued oversight of the facade restoration and the critical examination.

Design Solution
The facade was restored including extensive masonry reconstruction and joint maintenance on the historic core of the building.  The curtain wall system required new high performance coating for a long term maintenance solution.