Holabird & Root

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Tacoma Building (the tall building in the centre). Stereoscopic view by Benjamin W. Kilburn

The architectural firm now known as Holabird & Root was founded in Chicago in 1880. Over the years, the firm has changed its name several times and adapted to the architectural style then current — from Chicago School to Art Deco to Modern Architecture to Sustainable Architecture.

Operating on a legacy of innovation, Holabird & Root is a full-service architecture, engineering, interior design, and planning firm. Celebrating 135 years of design, the firm is the oldest architecture firm in Chicago. The firm remains a privately held partnership currently operating with three principals and five associate principals.

History[edit]

The original founders, William Holabird and Ossian Cole Simonds, worked in the office of William LeBaron Jenney. They set up their own independent practice, Holabird & Simonds, in 1880 when they took on the project for an extension to Graceland Cemetery, passed on to them by Jenney. In 1881, Martin Roche, who had also worked for Jenney, joined them as a third partner. After only working together on five projects, Simonds left the firm in 1883 to pursue a career as a landscape architect. Holabird, Simonds & Roche became Holabird & Roche. A few years later however, the firm once again collaborated with the ex-partner when, from 1889 to 1895, they designed and built Fort Sheridan, for which Simonds provided the landscaping.

Beginning with the Tacoma Building (completed 1889; demolished 1929), their first major commission, and the Marquette Building (1895), the firm became well known for its groundbreaking Chicago School skyscrapers. An enormously successful practice, they also designed large, ornate hotels across the country, including Chicago's Palmer House.

After the deaths of William Holabird (1923) and Martin Roche (1927), the then renamed Holabird & Root was run by Holabird's son John Augur Holabird and John Wellborn Root, Jr., who had both joined back in 1914. Under their leadership, the firm adopted an Art Deco style. The company name changed to Holabird, Root & Burgee for a while, and two further generations of Holabirds served as partners (up to 1987). Currently located in the Marquette Building, the firm is now again called Holabird & Root, although nobody of either name is involved anymore.

Awards[edit]

2014

  • The Breck School• 2014 ALA Design Awards, Institutional Merit Award
  • East-West University Student Life Center•2014 Chicago Building Congress Merit Award Finalist for New Construction under $55,000,000
  • Rightpoint Consulting Office Buildout•2014 Chicago Building Congress Merit Award Finalist for Interior Buildout
  • University of Chicago Midway Studios Renovation•2014 Preservation Excellence Award in Exterior Rehabilitation - City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development

2013

  • J&J Arnaco Monroe Building Restoration and Renovation•ALA Design Awards, Merit Award
  • University of Chicago Logan Center for Creative and Performing Arts• Chicago Building Congress Merit Award for New Construction in 2012

2012

  • J&J Arnaco Monroe Building Restoration and Renovation• Chicago Building Congress Merit Award for Rehab Construction
  • J&J Arnaco Monroe Building Restoration and Renovation• Landmarks Illinois’ Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards, Restoration Project of the Year
  • Waubonsee Community College Plano Classroom Building• ALA Design Awards, Merit Award

2011

  • Chicago Housing Authority Kenmore Senior Apartment Housing• American Society of Interior Designers Design Excellence Award in Green Residential Design
  • J&JJ Arnaco Monroe Building Rehabilitation• Chicago Architecture Foundation Patron of the Year Award Excellence in Academic Libraries Award for 2011
  • J&JJ Arnaco Monroe Building Rehabilitation• Friends of Downtown Best Historic Renovation Project
  • Grinnell College Noyce Science Center• Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
  • Grinnell College Noyce Science Center• Excellence in Academic Libraries Award for 2011
  • Heartland Housing inc. Hollywood House Apartments• The Polk Bros. Foundation Affordable Rental Housing Preservation Award

2010

  • Beloit College Center for the Sciences• Wisconsin Builder 2009 Top Projects
  • St. Olaf College Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences• 2010 Honor Award for Excellence in Masonry Design and Construction

2009

  • Beloit College Center for the Sciences• AIA Chicago Design Excellence Award
  • Chicago Cultural Center Domes Restoration• 2009 Illuminating Engineering Society Illumination Merit Award
  • Chicago Cultural Center Domes Restoration• Chicago Architecture Foundation Patron of the Year Award
  • Chicago Cultural Center Domes Restoration• 2009 AIA Illinois Crombie Taylor Award
  • St. Olaf College Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences• Xcel Energy Best Integrated Design in the Energy Assistance Program 2009
  • Village of Oak Park Public Works Facility• ASHRAE Region IV Technology Award
  • Village of Oak Park Public Works Facility• ASHRAE Society Level Technology Award Honorable Mention

2008

  • City of Davenport Pedestrian Skybridge• 2008 AIA Illinois Honor Award
  • Dominican University Parmer Hall• Illinois Indiana Masonry Council Silver Award
  • First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield• Illinois Indiana Masonry Council Craftsmanship Award
  • Lake View Presbyterian Church Exterior Historic Restoration• Landmarks Illinois’ Richard H. Driehaus Foundation 2008 Preservation Award
  • Marquette Building Exhibition• Friends of Downtown 2008 Coolest Thing Award
  • Chicago Cultural Center Domes Restoration• 2008 Chicago Landmark Award for Preservation
  • Chicago Cultural Center Domes Restoration• Midwest Construction Best of 2008 Renovation/Restoration Project of the Year
  • Opus North Corporation Landmark of Lake Forest Master Plan and Office Building Development• National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) 2008 Suburban Office Development of the Year
  • Village of Oak Park Public Works Facility• American Public Works Association-Suburban Chicago Metro Chaper 2008 Project Excellence Award
  • Village of Oak Park Public Works Facility• American Public Works Association-Suburban Chicago Metro Chaper 2008 Project of the Year Award
  • Village of Oak Park Public Works Facility• ASHRAE Illinois Chapter 2008 Excellence in Engineering Award

2007

  • Drake University Olin Hall Renovation and Addition• Association of Licensed Architects Design Award of Merit
  • Grinnell College Conard Environmental Research Area• AIA Chicago Sustainable Design Award

2006

  • The Zweig Letter 2006 Hot Firm List
  • Grinnell College Conard Environmental Research Area Education Center• Environmental Design + Construction Excellence in Design Awards Finalist
  • City of Davenport Pedestrian Skybridge • American Institute of Steel Construction IDEAS2 Merit Award Winner
  • Lake View Presbyterian Church Exterior Historic Restoration• AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award

2005

  • Truman State University Fine and Performing Arts Center• Association of Licensed Architects Design Award of Merit
  • City of Davenport Pedestrian Skybridge• National Council of Structural Engineers Association 2005 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award
  • City of Milwaukee North Avenue Dam Pedestrian Bridge• AIA Chicago Divine Detail Award
  • Forest Hills Public School District Fine Arts Center• AIA Michigan Honor Award for Building Design
  • Forest Hills Public School District Fine Arts Center• AIA Grand Valley (Michigan) Building Award and Sustainable Design Award
  • Forest Hills Public School District Fine Arts Center• AIA Wisconsin Merit Award
  • Schauer Arts and Activities Center Renovation and Adaptive Reuse• United States Institute for Theatre Technology Merit Award

2004
AIA Illinois Distinguished Firm Award

  • Forest Hills Public School District Fine Arts Center• American School and University Education Excellence Specialized Facility Award
  • Aquinas College/Circle Theater/Catholic Secondary Schools Performing Arts Center• Association of Licensed Architects Silver Design Award
  • Central College, Vermeer Science Center• AIA Chicago Sustainable Design Award
  • Central College, Vermeer Science Center• Environmental Design + Construction Excellence in Design Awards Honorable Mention
  • Central College, Vermeer Science Center• Region VI ASHRAE Technology Award
  • Central College, Vermeer Science Center• Minnesota ASHRAE Technology Award
  • Schauer Arts and Activities Center Renovation and Adaptive Reuse• National Council of Structural Engineers Association 2004 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award

2003

  • Rochester Public Schools Folwell School• Committee on Urban Design and Environment of the City of Rochester, MN Historic Preservation Award
  • US Department of Energy/Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Wilson Hall Renovations• Illinois Engineering Council Outstanding Engineering Achievement
  • Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Mayslake Peabody Mansion Renovation• Regional Finals ASHRAE Excellence in Engineering
  • Loras College Academic Resource Center• Association of Licensed Architects Design Award of Merit
  • Schauer Arts and Activities Center Renovation and Adaptive Reuse• AIA Wisconsin Merit Award
  • Newaygo Foundation Dogwood Center for the Performing Arts• Association of Licensed Architects Silver Design Award
  • Wittenberg University Kuss Science Center Renovation and Addition• Associated Builders and Contractors Ohio Valley Chapter Institutional Construction Award of Excellence
  • Hines Development Corporation Woodfield Corporate Center 425/475 Lobby and Bridge Renovation• Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Chicago

2002

  • Eastern Illinois University Booth Library Renovation and Expansion• AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Award for Sensitive Renovation
  • Lake Forest High School East Campus Raymond Moore Auditorium Renovation Addition• Association of Licensed Architects Renovation Design Award of Merit
  • City of Milwaukee North Avenue Dam Pedestrian Bridge• Design Competition Commission
  • City of Davenport Pedestrian Skybridge• Design Competition Commission
  • Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Mayslake Peabody Mansion • Illinois Chapter ASHRAE Excellence in Engineering Award
  • Schauer Arts and Activities Center Renovation and Adaptive Reuse • Midwest Construction Magazine Rehabilitation Project of the Year

2001

  • Schauer Arts and Activities Center Renovation and Adaptive Reuse • Association of Licensed Architects Presidential Award
  • Schauer Arts and Activities Center Renovation and Adaptive Reuse • Association of Licensed Architects Rehabilitation Design Award of Excellence
  • Schauer Arts and Activities Center Renovation and Adaptive Reuse • Structural Engineers Association of Illinois Special Project Award
  • Judson College Central Library and Academic Center• Association of Licensed Architects Unbuilt Design Award of Excellence
  • Illinois Institute of Technology McCormick-Tribune Campus Center• The Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award and Exhibit

2000
AIA Chicago Firm of the Year Award

  • Grinnell College Noyce Science Center • Association of Licensed Architects Design Award of Excellence
  • IBM Mid America Employees Federal Credit Union • Association of Licensed Architects Design Award of Excellence
  • City of Chicago Public Building Commission Goldblatt’s Building Renovation • Chicago Building Congress Reconstruction Award of Merit
  • City of Chicago Public Building Commission Goldblatt’s Building Renovation• Commission on Chicago Landmarks Excellence in Historic Restoration
  • City of Chicago Public Building Commission Goldblatt’s Building Renovation• Midwest Construction “Best of 200” Renovation Award of Merit
  • Sharon’s California House II• Residential Architect Magazine Award of Merit• Custom Home Magazine Award of Merit

1999

  • Caryl’s California House I• Structural Engineers Association of Illinois Special Project Award of Merit
  • Northwestern University Allison Hall Dining Facility Addition and Renovation• Illinois Council of American Registered Architects Design Award of Honor
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School Addition and Renovation • AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award of Merit
  • Sharon’s California House II • Society of American Registered Architects National Design Award of Merit
  • Northwestern University Allison Hall Dining Facility Addition and Renovation• Society of American Registered Architects National Design Award of Merit
  • Northwestern University Galter Health Sciences Library Renovation and Expansion• Society of American Registered Architects National Design Award of Honor

1998

  • Sharon’s California House II• AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award of Honor
  • University of St. Thomas Frey Science and Engineering Center• Design-Build Institute of America National Excellence Award
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School Addition and Renovation • The Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award

1997

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School Addition and Renovation • Wisconsin Society of Architects AIA Honor Award
  • Macalester College Olin & Rice Halls of Science Addition and Renovation• Minnesota ASHRAE First Place Award Existing Institutional Buildings
  • IBM 020 Building Renovation• Region VI ASHRAE First Place Award Existing Commercial Buildings
  • IBM Mid America Employees Federal Credit Union• Metal Architecture Award of Merit

1996

  • Caryl’s California House I• AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award of Merit

1995

  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning• AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award
  • Motorola, Inc. Land Mobile Products Sector, Customers Center for Systems Integration• AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Award

1994

  • Motorola, Inc. Land Mobile Products Sector Customers Center for Systems Integration• New Chicago Interiors Distinguished Interior Award
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture & Urban Planning • Wisconsin Society of Architects AIA Merit Award
  • Amoco Corporation, Chicago, Illinois • Lighting Chicago Institute Award of Merit for Lighting Excellence
  • Northern Illinois Gas Company Corporate Headquarters, Naperville, Illinois •Chicago Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Illumination Design Award

1993

  • The University of Chicago Kersten Physics Teaching Center • Association of University Architects Honor Award
  • State of Illinois Judicial and Office Complex Renovation and Addition • Thomas H. Madigan Award Special Merit Award for Complex Renovation
  • State of Illinois Judicial and Office Complex Renovation and Addition • Buildings Magazine Modernization Awards Competition Honorable Mention
  • Chicago Board of Trade • The Chicago Athenaeum 50-Year Award

1992

  • Offices of Holabird & Root • AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Award
  • The Bridget Entrance to the Offices of Holabird & Root • AIA Chicago Divine Detail Award
  • Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law • AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Honor Award

1991

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Digital Computer Laboratory Addition • AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award
  • Illinois Bell Telephone Remote Switching Unit, Lincolnshire • AIA Chicago Divine Detail Award
  • Kemper Corporation Headquarters, Long Grove, Illinois • Illinois ASHRAE Energy Design Award
  • St. Clement’s Church Restoration, Chicago, Illinois • Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art & Architecture (IFRAA) Restoration Honor Award

1990
St. Clement’s Church Restoration • AIA Chicago Distinguished Restoration Award

1989

  • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago • AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Honor Award
  • Henry Crown Sports Pavilion Dellora A. and Lester J. Norris Aquatics Center • Athletic Business Facility of Merit
  • Chicago Historical Society Addition and Renovation • Commercial Renovation Renovation Award

1988

  • Chicago Historical Society Addition and Renovation • AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award
  • Chicago Historical Society • Building Design & Construction Reconstruction Award
  • Camp Madron, Buchanan, Michigan • Progressive Architecture Architectural Design Award

1987

  • Camp Madron Housing, Michigan • Progressive Architecture Award

1986

  • The University of Chicago Kersten Physics Teaching Center • AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award
  • Foellinger Auditorium Addition and Restoration • Illinois-Indiana Masonry Council Gold Medal Award

1985

  • Foellinger Auditorium Addition and Restoration • AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award
  • The University of Chicago Kersten Physics Teaching Center • Progressive Architecture Award

1984

  • Northwestern University Law School/American Bar Center • AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Honor Award
  • Saenger Theatre Restoration, Pensacola, Florida • Governor’s Design Award
  • Northwestern University Law School Addition/American Bar Center • Structural Engineers Association of Illinois Award of Merit

1983
AIA Architecture Firm Award

1982
Saenger Theatre Restoration • AIA Florida Chapter Honor Award

1981

  • Hollister Inc. Corporate Headquarters Research and Development Facility • AIA Chicago Chapter Distinguished Building Honor Award
  • Hollister Inc. Corporate Headquarters Research and Development Facility • ASHRAE Energy Conservation Award

1980

  • Monsanto Company Environmental Health Laboratory • AIA National Honor Award
  • Northwestern University Memorial Hospital Health Sciences Building • UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Planning/Columbia University/Architectural Record Outstanding Health Care Design Award

1979

  • Monsanto Company Environmental Health Laboratory • Industrial Research/Development Magazine Honor Award/Laboratory of the Year
  • Northwestern University Memorial Hospital Health Sciences Building • AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award
  • Chicago Public Library/Cultural Center • AIA National Honor Award

1978

  • Monsanto Company Environmental Health Laboratory • AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Honor Award
  • Bedford Park Fire Station • AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award
  • Chicago Public Library/Cultural Center • AIA Chicago Citation of Merit
  • Chicago Public Library/Cultural Center • Architectural Record Distinguished Interiors

1977

  • Hollister, Inc., Stuarts Draft, Virginia • AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award
  • Lincoln National Corporation • AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award

1976

  • Oak Brook Village Hall • Metropolitan Chicago Masonry Council Excellence in Masonry Honor Award
  • Illinois Bell Telephone 4-A Equipment Building and Tower • The Bell Telephone System National Honor Award, Honor Award, and Merit Award
  • Oak Brook-West Suburban Headquarters • The Bell Telephone System Central Region Merit Award

1974
Illinois Bell Telephone 4-A Equipment Building and Tower• AIA National Honor Award

Other buildings[edit]

Marquette Building
Soldier Field
333 North Michigan Building
Daily News Building
Chicago Board of Trade Building

References[edit]

  • Blaser, Werner. Chicago Architecture: Holabird & Root, 1880-1992. Basel; Boston: Birkhauser Verlag, 1992.
  • Bruegmann, Robert. Holabird & Roche/Holabird & Root: An Illustrated Catalog of Works, 1880-1940. New York: Garland Publishing, 1991.
  • Bruegmann, Robert. The Architects and the City: Holabird & Roche of Chicago, 1880-1918. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.

External links[edit]

Category: Interior Design Category: Structural Engineering Chicago Category: Sustainable Architecture