The Junior League of Chicago (JLC) is very excited about the latest update to the Junior League Headquarters: brand new windows! The League worked with Neal Vogel, Principal from Restoric, LLC to replace and restore seventeen windows in accordance with our Historic Structures Report guidelines that were prepared by McGuire Igleski & Associates architectural firm. The League continuously strives to preserve the historic integrity of the building, and the window restoration project was no exception. As a result, the new windows have been restored to the original white paint color and finish, and are made from historically compatible wood with updated lintels and metal grates. They are functional as well as beautiful, and increase the building’s heating and cooling efficiency. The project began in October 2015 and was completed in February 2016.
The Junior League of Chicago Headquarters was built by architects Pond & Pond in 1909 and served as a private residence before it was donated to the League. It is located in Chicago’s designated Astor Street Historic District in the Gold Coast neighborhood. The windows of the house are arranged symmetrically, in accordance with Classical Revival Style, which was a popular design style in America from 1895 to 1945.
The League hosted a Windows Reveal Party last month to thank the 118 donors that contributed $34,590.30 to the window restoration project. We are very appreciative of all of our donors and members who contributed their time and energy to this wonderful project!
By Kayce Kasten, 2015-16 Topics & Trends staff member