On Thursday, November 16th, Eric Keune will lead a tour of the Elgin Laundry Building as part of a field study for the annual conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Titled "City of Elgin: Working Round-the-Clock to Preserve the Mid-Century," the field study will focus on recent efforts to rehabilitate the aging midcentury architecture of Elgin, Illinois. Keune will lead participants on a tour of the 1967 laundry facility, for which SOM is designing an adaptive reuse project. Christen Sundquist, Historic Preservation Planner for the City of Elgin, will join Keune.
Designed by Bertrand Goldberg, the Elgin Laundry Building is a rare piece of architectural history. Formerly a part of the Elgin Mental Hospital Campus and owned by the State of Illinois, it is now owned by the City of Elgin. Led in partnership with the City of Elgin and Landmarks Illinois, SOM's 2016 adaptive reuse proposal reimagined the facility as an extension of Elgin’s existing central recreation complex while applying zero net-energy design and sustainability strategies.
2017 National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference
Field Study: "City of Elgin: Working Round-the-Clock to Preserve the Mid-Century"
November 16, 2017
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.