Original Construction: 1911
Original Architect: Vonnegut &Bohn
Restoration Completed: 2003
Project Cost: $27 million
Scale: 396,000 sq. ft.
Services Provided: Architect of Record, Preservation Consultant for Federal Historic Tax Credit, Lost Development and Conservation Easement, Code Compliance
Originally constructed in 1911 for William H. Block to house his rapidly expanding department store, the Block Building was in continual use as a department store well into the late 20th century. After years of vacancy, the building was rehabilitated to house 136 apartments with retail use remaining on the ground floor. The large, deep floor plate – typical for many department stores – posed a unique problem for daylight for the new housing units. To address this issue, a central four story atrium was sensitively introduced to bring natural light into the central core while characteristics defining the 396,000 sq. ft. department store use were restored and featured.