Dearborn Station

Dearborn Station, designed by Cyrus L.W. Eidlitz in 1883 and unveiled in May of 1885, stands as a distinguished example of the Romanesque Revival style. Notable as both a Chicago Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it remains the sole surviving nineteenth-century railroad station within the city. Its three-story façade, distinguished by pink granite and red pressed brick walls, is adorned with several steeply-pitched roofs and a commanding twelve-story clock tower.

Despite its abandonment in 1976, the station retained its pivotal status within the evolving Printers' Row neighborhood, albeit facing the looming threat of collapse until its present owners intervened.

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The task at hand was formidable: restoring and repurposing the existing structure while expanding it with an additional 60,000 square feet to create a mixed-use office and retail complex totaling 130,000 square feet. Nurture was entrusted with this endeavor, encompassing a range of tasks, from meticulous exterior masonry and metal refurbishment to revitalizing key spaces within the original edifice. Moreover, Nurture coordinated the integration of updated mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and fire protection systems across the entire project.

Additionally, Nurture oversaw roofing, window replacement, clock restoration, and the meticulous recreation of intricate millwork designs, including entrances, windows, doors, and interior trimmings. In recognition of this contribution, Nurture received the Excellence in Historic Preservation Award from the Chicago Bar Association.