Amy Keller Discusses Adaptive Re-Use of Landmarked Buildings to Sold-Out Crowd at the Chicago Motor Club
On June 18, 2015, associate Amy Keller discussed her efforts with the Chicago Art Deco Society to obtain Chicago landmark status for the 1928 Art Deco Chicago Motor Club in front of a sold-out crowd of 150 attendees. The Holabird & Root building previously served as the headquarters for the Chicago chapter of the American Automobile Association, but sat vacant since 1996. Recognized as the “linchpin” in the Society’s preservation efforts by CADS President Mark Allen G. Garzon, Ms. Keller described prior attempts to redevelop the building, and the suggestion for landmark status she drafted in 2010 which led to thebuilding’s eventual landmarking. Extensive restoration efforts since the building’s landmarking led to its redevelopment as a Hampton Inn. Ms. Keller, who recently gave an interview about the project for The Architect’s Newspaper, recognized the impact of the building’s restoration when she said, “Here we are, in a building which demonstrates: yes, adaptive re-use is not only possible, but it’s exciting,” before recognizing the developer, architects, and artisans for their phenomenal restoration work via the presentment of the Joseph Loundy Preservation Award.
For more information on the Chicago Art Deco Society and Amy Keller’s preservation work, you can visitwww.chicagodeco.org.