Booth Hansen - Adaptive Reuse

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We believe in the power of collaboration among designers, clients, stakeholders, and consultants to produce successful results and products of enduring quality. Clarity in communication leads to an equally defined design process, in which many voices come together in a single vision. As architects, we are agents of that vision, carefully evolving it from concept to construction.

With every project, Booth Hansen looks to create beautiful places that people treasure.

Founded in 1980, Booth Hansen is a nationally-recognized architecture, planning, and interiors firm. As a medium-sized firm, we provide project and design leadership with experienced principal architects who are engaged and attentive to the needs of every project, no matter the size. Through commercial, cultural and educational projects, as well as multi-family and single-family residences, our contribution to the built environment aims to capture the unique quality of each project. We address the functional needs of our clients while seeking a direct connection with the human spirit through architecture’s timeless, poetic language.

Located in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago, the Farm on Ogden is a joint project of the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Windy City Harvest and Lawndale Christian Health Center. Together, these groups looked to develop facilities that would serve a struggling community. The renovation of a bowstring truss building respects the neighborhood’s history while providing space for an indoor market, classrooms, commercial and teaching kitchens, and office space. Inside the market building, glass doors open to the new greenhouses.



The Farm on Ogden is a central part of Lawndale Christian Health Center’s plan to revitalize and develop the surrounding neighborhood. The screen wall along Ogden Avenue serves as a billboard for the facilities, with large signage intertwined with sustainable hops. The function of the Farm is highly visible from the street due to the glass greenhouses and windows that span the front of the market building. A formerly derelict space has been transformed into an active, beautiful place.


The historic Lindbergh Beacon atop the building, which for fifty years guided airplanes to Midway Airport, had been dormant since the early 1980s. Modified to rotate on a reduced arc to avoid shining into other downtown buildings, the beacon has now resumed operation, an icon in the Chicago skyline in its own right.


Completed in 1929 by Holabird and Root, the Palmolive Building was the original Art Deco home of the Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Corporation. Renovation work began in 2001 when Booth Hansen teamed with developer Draper & Kramer to transform the offices above the existing retail podium into spectacular high-end condominiums. Ninety-seven custom units emerged from the process, filling one of Chicago’s premier architectural icons with luxury urban homes. The sophisticated aesthetic of the original building permeates the renovation in its interiors and finishes.



The building’s exterior is a modern expression of metal and glass that creates a strong architectural presence and energy along Broadway Ave that will continue to promote growth and development in the Uptown area. The building is one of the taller structures in the area providing panoramic views of the entire city including the eastern lake views.

The unit types at the Draper consist of studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and duplex units on the 11th floor. The 11th floor duplex units include outdoor terraces and twostory living spaces. The six-story portion of the building includes an inner courtyard that is beautifully landscaped providing a hidden oasis for the residence. The roof top of the six-story building includes both indoor and outdoor amenities such as an outdoor pool with sun-bathing pool deck, several outdoor lounge areas, grilling area, dog run and extensive green roof and landscaped areas.


The Draper is a 347 unit apartment building located in the Uptown neighborhood on the North side of Chicago. The residential development consists of a conversion and complete renovation of existing 11-story and six-story office buildings from the 1950’s.

The Gold Coast building is in a quiet, largely residential area. With both single and multiunit buildings nearby, there was significant community input in the design process. Both Booth Hansen and the developers were held to the highest standards when executing RH Chicago, with special attention paid to noise and exterior light levels. This community engagement gave rise to a streamlined process for design and construction.

The Three Arts Club, a former Women’s residence and club built in 1914, has re-opened as Restoration Hardware’s flagship Chicago store. Built of brick masonry and terra cotta, the building is both a City of Chicago Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. Booth Hansen’s work on the RH Chicago involved complex and precise historic renovation which incorporates new retail and interior design.


Booth Hansen’s design wraps the original historic building on two sides with a new structure, respecting the rhythm and proportion of the original architecture while establishing a distinct modern identity. Common corridors and consistent floor plans unify the two buildings, while an 11th floor Sky Lounge accommodates informal student gathering and recreation. The units are suite-style in plan, with small groups sharing bathrooms and common space.

The redevelopment of the Dwight Building expands Columbia’s campus in the South Loop campus, encourages local economic growth, and supports the College’s longstanding role as a steward of Chicago’s architectural history.



in Printer’s Row, transformed into a 700-bed student residence building to accommodate growing interest in on-campus housing. In its century-long history, Columbia College has grown from a small commuter school to a nationally-recognized arts and media college.

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