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Studio GWA sees architecture and design as community art that has the remarkable ability to connect people to one another and the world around them. Imaginative thinkers, bold risk-takers, and problem-solving mavens, Studio GWA relishes opportunities to partner with clients to transform vision into reality.

Featured Projects

Each project is more than a building – it is a space brought to life by the people. We’re proud that our portfolio represents some of the most iconic regional landmarks and meaningful projects for organizations and communities around the nation.

Hotel Kaskaskia
Architecture | Development Services
The Hotel Kaskaskia is an iconic Colonial Revival style brick building prominently situated in downtown LaSalle, Illinois. Designed by Chicago architects Marshall & Fox, whose portfolio includes Chicago icons such as the Drake Hotel and the Blackstone Hotel, the 1915 building is an excellent example of an elegant resort hotel with a grand scale and detailed ornamentation. Heavy gilding, decorative plaster, and an extensive use of marble convey beauty and hospitality hand-in hand.

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Madison Street Corridor
Urban Planning | Development Services
The Madison Street corridor is a key multimodal gateway into downtown Rockford with a variety of coexisting land uses. Small industries, recreational clubs, and landmark buildings like the Prairie Street Brewhouse support entrepreneurship, employment, and prosperity while providing a sense of cultural identity for residents and visitors alike.
Company 251
Architecture | Development Services
Company 251 is a 20,000 square foot event space imbued with industrial charm and modern luxury. Formerly the home of the International Harvester Manufacturing Company, this 1908 industrial building in Aurora’s Middle Avenue Historic District retains a raw and historic character with ghost lines of the original building’s use.

Featured Projects

Each project is more than a building – it is a space brought to life by the people. We’re proud that our portfolio represents some of the most iconic regional landmarks and meaningful projects for organizations and communities around the nation.

Hotel Kaskaskia
Architecture | Development Services
The Hotel Kaskaskia is an iconic Colonial Revival style brick building prominently situated in downtown LaSalle, Illinois. Designed by Chicago architects Marshall & Fox, whose portfolio includes Chicago icons such as the Drake Hotel and the Blackstone Hotel, the 1915 building is an excellent example of an elegant resort hotel with a grand scale and detailed ornamentation. Heavy gilding, decorative plaster, and an extensive use of marble convey beauty and hospitality hand-in hand.

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Madison Street Corridor
Urban Planning | Development Services
The Madison Street corridor is a key multimodal gateway into downtown Rockford with a variety of coexisting land uses. Small industries, recreational clubs, and landmark buildings like the Prairie Street Brewhouse support entrepreneurship, employment, and prosperity while providing a sense of cultural identity for residents and visitors alike.
Company 251
Architecture | Development Services
Company 251 is a 20,000 square foot event space imbued with industrial charm and modern luxury. Formerly the home of the International Harvester Manufacturing Company, this 1908 industrial building in Aurora’s Middle Avenue Historic District retains a raw and historic character with ghost lines of the original building’s use.

Featured Services

Studio GWA is known for its expertise in historical preservation and adaptive re-use, and we bring that same skill and enthusiasm to all types of projects across commercial, retail, mixed-use, and multi-family residential spaces. Our dynamic and forward-thinking team of urban planning, architecture, interior design, and development professionals support all phases of projects from master planning through construction.

Historic preservation - Prairie Street Brewhouse interior

architecture

Whether your vision involves new construction or enlivening an existing structure, our team can bring it to life.

Madison Street Corridor Urban Planning in Rockford, IL

urban planning

A community starts with understanding how people interact with individual buildings, blocks and corridors.

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Featured Services

Studio GWA is known for its expertise in historical preservation and adaptive re-use, and we bring that same skill and enthusiasm to all types of projects across commercial, retail, mixed-use, and multi-family residential spaces. Our dynamic and forward-thinking team of urban planning, architecture, interior design, and development professionals support all phases of projects from master planning through construction.

master planning through construction

Historic preservation - Prairie Street Brewhouse interior

architecture

Whether your vision involves new construction or enlivening an existing structure, our team can bring it to life.

Madison Street Corridor Urban Planning in Rockford, IL

urban planning

A community starts with understanding how people interact with individual buildings, blocks and corridors.

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Tonight we celebrate Gary at the AIA Illinois awards night, receiving the R. Buckminster Fuller award! Fun fact: Gary met “Bucky” in 1970 at Southern Illinois University. We couldn’t be more proud of the GWA in Studio GWA! Congrats Gary!

Tonight we celebrate Gary at the AIA Illinois awards night, receiving the R. Buckminster Fuller award! Fun fact: Gary met “Bucky” in 1970 at Southern Illinois University. We couldn’t be more proud of the GWA in Studio GWA! Congrats Gary! ... See MoreSee Less

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Congrats! You rock, Gary!

Congratulations Gary!

Congratulations! So well deserved!

Congratulations, Gary, so deserved.

Congratulations Gary! Well deserved.

Congratulations, Gary !!

Congratulations Gary.

Congratulations Gary!!

Congrats, Gary!

Congratulations! It couldn't happen to a better architect!

Congratulations!

Wonderful!!!

Congratulations Gary! 👍👍👏🏻👏🏻

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When art fills the walls and the construction of the place itself is art, it takes a good 3+ hours to do a proper visit! We had a magnificent* time visiting with friends and clients, Steve and Susan Pitkin in their downtown Rockford loft and workspace. We worked with the Pitkin’s in 2017 to renovate this downtown building to accommodate their new residence and work studios. From initial design, Ross Ticknor (Ticknor Construction) made the details shine; installing salvaged maple flooring and re-using features of the original building into the new residence. 

If youre looking for gifts for the holidays, Susans chocolate is the way to go! Find the good stuff at www.cacaocuvee.com 

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When art fills the walls and the construction of the place itself is art, it takes a good 3+ hours to do a proper visit! We had a magnificent* time visiting with friends and clients, Steve and Susan Pitkin in their downtown Rockford loft and workspace. We worked with the Pitkin’s in 2017 to renovate this downtown building to accommodate their new residence and work studios. From initial design, Ross TicTicknor Constructionuction) made the details shine; installing salvaged maple flooring and re-using features of the original building into the new residence.

If you're looking for gifts for the holidays, Susan's chocolate is the way to go! Find the good stuff at www.cacaocuvee.com

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That’s fantastic! Congratulations!

Check out the Baltic Mill! There arent that many structures from 1845 here in the Midwest. Were excited to be working with the Belvidere Park District on this piece of history to ensure its stability, sensitively repair it, and safeguard it as a gem along the Kishwaukee River for generations to come!

Check out the Baltic Mill! There aren't that many structures from 1845 here in the Midwest. We're excited to be working with the Belvidere Park District on this piece of history to ensure its stability, sensitively repair it, and safeguard it as a gem along the Kishwaukee River for generations to come! ... See MoreSee Less

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Glad you are doing this project. My Grandfather and I were in this building several times back in the 1960's. Great memories!

The Baltic Mill and Belvidere Park are both a very important part of Belvidere. Thank you so very much for your efforts to preserve Boone county history!

What a cool project!

The Landmarks Illinois Driehaus Preservation Awards for 2022 was a festive night of celebrating projects across the State that preserve buildings for generations to come! We were honored to have worked on award-winning project Lock & Mule in Lockport, Illinois with CL Real Estate Development and Looney & Associates. 

Aaron Holverson, lead architect on the project, says Its hard to beat a project that results in a building brought back to life and good food and drink! Gary is chairman of Landmarks Illinois and presented the awards for Rehabilitation and for Leadership. And shoutout to hometown friends at Rockford Indoor City Market for their award for Adaptive Reuse!

The Landmarks Illinois Driehaus Preservation Awards for 2022 was a festive night of celebrating projects across the State that preserve buildings for generations to come! We were honored to have worked on award-winning project Lock & Mule in Lockport, Illinois with CL Real Estate Development and Looney & Associates.

Aaron Holverson, lead architect on the project, says "It's hard to beat a project that results in a building brought back to life and good food and drink!" Gary is chairman of Landmarks Illinois and presented the awards for Rehabilitation and for Leadership. And shoutout to hometown friends at Rockford Indoor City Market for their award for Adaptive Reuse!
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So proud of you, Aaron Holverson! Hard work pays off. ❤️

Always a amazing job

Friday was the ribbon cutting for the historic Hobbs and International Harvester buildings at 2-12 N River St. in Aurora! What a road its been to return this dome to the top of the Hobbs Building, and what a difference it makes in the street scene to have this 32 foot statement piece back on Galena Blvd! Congrats to JH Real Estate Partners, Bush Construction, and Architectural Fiberglass, Inc for their hard work on the project! City of Aurora, IL, Government has played a key role in this redevelopment and its been great to see their efforts and celebration skills in play!

Friday was the ribbon cutting for the historic Hobbs and International Harvester buildings at 2-12 N River St. in Aurora! What a road it's been to return this dome to the top of the Hobbs Building, and what a difference it makes in the street scene to have this 32 foot statement piece back on Galena Blvd! Congrats to JH Real Estate Partners, Bush Construction, and Architectural Fiberglass, Inc for their hard work on the project! City of Aurora, IL, Government has played a key role in this redevelopment and it's been great to see their efforts and celebration skills in play! ... See MoreSee Less

Last night’s Community Open House to present the Keith Creek Corridor Study was fantastic!  Together with Region 1 Planning Council and The Lakota Group, our team walked guests through a variety of stations where we presented concepts for greenway routes, redevelopment opportunities, plan recommendations, and more.  

Special thanks to the team at Patriot’s Gateway Community Center for hosting us! The draft report is now available for review at keithcreekcorridorstudy.com.

Last night’s Community Open House to present the Keith Creek Corridor Study was fantastic! TogetherRegion 1 Planning CouncilounciThe Lakota Group Group, our team walked guests through a variety of stations where we presented concepts for greenway routes, redevelopment opportunities, plan recommendations, and more.

Special thanks to the team at Patriot’s Gateway Community Center for hosting us! The draft report is now available for review at keithcreekcorridorstudy.com.
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I've been looking through the study... I didn't see any detailed information on estimated water levels. Is there any idea what average depth for the creek would be?

This is my favorite project brewing in the Rockford area. Great work!👏 Do you happen to have the report in audiobook format!? I guess I’ll have to find some time to read it instead.🤣

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