Stock Yards National Bank Stabilization Project

Saving a Landmark

Chicago’s historic Stock Yards National Bank Building is ready for redevelopment and a new life after our stabilization efforts.


Preserving the Past, Looking to the Future

Chicago is renowned for its architecture and landmark buildings, many of which extend beyond downtown to neighborhoods rich with history and tradition. For more than a century, Chicago was the meat processing capital of the world. Chicago’s Union Stock Yards were known around the world. Today, more than four decades after the last meat processing plant closed, the former stock yards area is home to a thriving industrial park that offers opportunities for future growth and development. At the request of the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development, the PBC oversaw the stabilization of the landmarked Stock Yards National Bank building. Completed in 1925, the building housed two banks that served the businesses and employees of the stock yards and nearby manufacturing district. Designed with Palladian windows and a central clock tower, the building is modeled after Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It was designed by Abraham Epstein, a Chicago architect and engineer best known for his designs for the reconstruction of the Union Stock Yards after a fire in 1934.

After sitting vacant for more than two decades, the building was in disrepair and needed stabilization so the City could market the property to prospective buyers for redevelopment. The PBC oversaw the necessary repairs and improvements in order to reduce weather related damage to the building. The work included stabilizing existing sections of deteriorated masonry and terra cotta, repairs to previous efforts to manage rainwater, and work to reduce water infiltration into the building. Today, the building is secure and protected from the elements as the City pursues redevelopment opportunities for this historic property.

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Albany Park Branch Library

Based on the Prototype A design, this new 16,500-square-foot, one story full service branch library is proposed to replace the existing Albany Park Branch Library on same site as existing library plus acquisition of adjacent parcel to the west.

LEED features: This building will be designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification and LEED 2009 and will include a 50% green roof.


  • 2015 Friends of the Chicago River Green Ribbon AwardSocial Media:
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John C. Coonley School Addition

LEED Certified: Silver

The project consists of a new three-story addition to the existing school and select interior renovations of the existing facility as needed to accommodate the addition. The addition will consist of a new kitchen and dining space along with 12 new classrooms. The renovation work in the existing school will consist of upgrades to the domestic water heating system, conversion of the existing dining room to 2 classrooms and conversion of classrooms at addition connection. The project will also include site development work. The addition will be designed and constructed to meet CPS standards and will achieve at a minimum LEED certification.

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Alexander Graham Bell School Addition

This project consists of a new addition on the south side of the existing school and specific renovations on the interior of the existing 1900’s building. The addition is a multi-story steel frame with masonry and curtain wall exterior walls. The addition will consist of a new kitchen and dining space on the first floor and new science lab, art room, and music rooms above.


  • 2014 Association of Licensed Architects Silver Medal

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