David Schalliol

The nonprofit Society of Architectural Historians has received a $123,000 grant from the Chicago-based grant-making group the Alphawood Foundation to hire local firm Harboe Architects to develop a restoration plan for its headquarters, the Charnley-Persky House, in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Designed by Louis Sullivan and then-apprentice Frank Lloyd Wright from 1891 to 1892, the simple structure with rectangular massing and brick facings free of ornamentation stood out from the surrounding Victorian architecture at the time of its construction. A flood during the summer of 2014 resulted in damage requiring extensive restoration, for which the society has since been fund-raising. This latest grant gives it the capital necessary to work with an architecture firm to begin developing a conservation management plan, according to a press release. A final plan is anticipated by February 2017.

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