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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.

master planning through construction

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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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For #bikemonth, we thought we put the spotlight on an active project that is dear to us: The Keith Creek Corridor Study.  

We’re pleased to partner with a team of leaders including Region 1 Planning Council and The Lakota Group on a corridor study that focuses on redevelopment opportunities, transportation, and more.  The idea of creating safer, equitable transportation access through a greenway has been well established through plans such as the R1PC Greenways Plan, and our firm has advocated for a greenway along the creek for nearly 20 years.

As National Bike Month continues, it seems fitting for us to not only stack more miles on our bikes but also to plan for safe, comfortable, and convenient bike trips in our community.  We think a greenway along Keith Creek is a great way to do that!

For #BikeMonth, we thought we put the spotlight on an active project that is dear to us: The Keith Creek Corridor Study.

We’re pleased to partner with a team of leaders inclRegion 1 Planning CouncilounciThe Lakota Group Group on a corridor study that focuses on redevelopment opportunities, transportation, and more. The idea of creating safer, equitable transportation access through a greenway has been well established through plans such as the R1PC Greenways Plan, and our firm has advocated for a greenway along the creek for nearly 20 years.

As National Bike Month continues, it seems fitting for us to not only stack more miles on our bikes but also to plan for safe, comfortable, and convenient bike trips in our community. We think a greenway along Keith Creek is a great way to do that!
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Visiting active projects is really a treat for us - it bridges the gap from ‘concept’ to ‘construction’, and the soon-to-be Keefer Hotel is no exception.  Our own Aaron Holverson recently paid a visit to Hillsdale, Michigan and noticed several features that have been isolated, set aside, or marked ‘save’ during the demolition phase in preparation for construction.  Can you spot the architectural features being saved that are also in the Keefer rendering?

Visiting active projects is really a treat for us - it bridges the gap from ‘concept’ to ‘construction’, and the soon-to-be Keefer Hotel is no exception. Our own Aaron Holverson recently paid a visit to Hillsdale, Michigan and noticed several features that have been isolated, set aside, or marked ‘save’ during the demolition phase in preparation for construction. Can you spot the architectural features being saved that are also in the Keefer rendering? ... See MoreSee Less

✅ Enhancing community pride
✅ Embracing city history
✅ Enabling redevelopment

...and much more!

Developers interested in buildings listed on the National Register, either individually or within a Historic District, have access to a game-changing financial tool for their next project: Historic Tax Credits. This tool can turn eyesores into landmarks and encourage investment in buildings that would otherwise be financially infeasible.

If you own a historic building and are considering renovation, let us show you why historic tax credits can be beneficial for your project.
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When it comes to adaptive reuse, most of our projects begin here: With a digital scan of the building.  This forms the basis for our modeling and serves as a helpful reference throughout the drawing process. 

Our own Jason Truax was recently scanning a building and perfectly captured what a scan visit can look like for us.  If you look just right, you can imagine just how cool this space will become!

When it comes to adaptive reuse, most of our projects begin here: With a digital scan of the building. This forms the basis for our modeling and serves as a helpful reference throughout the drawing process.

Our own Jason Truax was recently scanning a building and perfectly captured what a scan visit can look like for us. If you look just right, you can imagine just how cool this space will become!
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Hey - we know those guys! 

Our own Aaron Holverson and Jason Truax were pleased to present at the annual meeting of the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America.  Aaron and Jason presented their work on the digital scanning of the Solid Rock House in Winnetka, Illinois, one of the threatened Griffin houses. 

Learn more about our digital scanning services:
https://studiogwa.com/digital-scanning-a-timely-companion-for-your-project/

Hey - we know those guys!

Our own Aaron Holverson and Jason Truax were pleased to present at the annual meeting of the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America. Aaron and Jason presented their work on the digital scanning of the Solid Rock House in Winnetka, Illinois, one of the threatened Griffin houses.

Learn more about our digital scanning services:
studiogwa.com/digital-scanning-a-timely-companion-for-your-project/
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