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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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Sterling, you continue to amaze us!  After hosting nearly 80 guests for a tour of the National Building in August, Gorman & Company and Studio GWA—by popular demand—led a second tour!  53 people came last night to share their memories and observations of the building as well as ideas for programming the spaces, both in the short- and long-term. 

Special thanks to City of Sterling - City Hall, Sterling Main Street, and Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce for your work in preparing and promoting the tour.

Sterling, you continue to amaze us! After hosting nearly 80 guests for a tour of the National Building in August, Gorman & Company and Studio GWA—by popular demand—led a second tour! 53 people came last night to share their memories and observations of the building as well as ideas for programming the spaces, both in the short- and long-term.

Special thanks to City of Sterling - City Hall, Sterling Main Street, and Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce for your work in preparing and promoting the tour.
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Awesome. I think I see my previous boss in one of the pictures.

On more than one occasion, investigative demo on historic treasures have revealed original stenciling just begging to be brought back to life. We are thankful to have clients like the City of Hillsdale and CL Real Estate Development that hear those voices right along with us! 

This theater project in Hillsdale, MI allowed us to recreate the original stenciling but with an updated color palette. We were able to pay tribute to the historic character while also adding strength to marketing of the event space for a wide array of patrons and event types alike. Stay tuned because we happen to be in the middle of this process on another project – this time closer to home!

On more than one occasion, investigative demo on historic treasures have revealed original stenciling just begging to be brought back to life. We are thankful to have clients like the City of Hillsdale and CL Real Estate Development that hear those voices right along with us!

This theater project in Hillsdale, MI allowed us to recreate the original stenciling but with an updated color palette. We were able to pay tribute to the historic character while also adding strength to marketing of the event space for a wide array of patrons and event types alike. Stay tuned because we happen to be in the middle of this process on another project – this time closer to home!
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While our Urban Planners were off getting their educational fill, our architects & designers were back home attending the Northern District Conference hosted by the AIA Prairie Illinois. A day filled with continuing education seminars and networking was topped off with a well-deserved award presented to our founder, Gary Anderson: the AIA Illinois R. Buckminster Fuller award. 

Many congrats to Gary and many thanks to the AIA Prairie Chapter!

While our Urban Planners were off getting their educational fill, our architects & designers were back home attending the Northern District Conference hosted by the AIA Prairie Illinois. A day filled with continuing education seminars and networking was topped off with a well-deserved award presented to our founder, Gary Anderson: the AIA Illinois R. Buckminster Fuller award.

Many congrats to Gary and many thanks to the AIA Prairie Chapter!
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Pullman appreciation post! 

Day 2 of #APAIL22 is in the books, and we’re still beaming with excitement over our tour of the Pullman Historic District.  We like to think that we are ‘plan-itects’, as our work spans the fields of both planning and architecture, so a visit to Pullman is a truly a deep-dive history lesson into both disciplines. 

As planners, we learned about the aspirations and pitfalls of this ‘model town’, a planned industrial community designed to ameliorate the ills Pullman observed during the Industrial Revolution.  We learned about the American Railway Union Strike in 1894 as well as the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters organized by a. Philip Randolph. 

As architects, the buildings are undeniably beautiful!  From the grandeur of the monument to the charm of the row houses, we were taking it all in.  Having a representative from the National Park Service along with Michael Shymanski, a decades-long resident of the neighborhood and a wealth of knowledge for all things Pullman, was a special treat

Pullman appreciation post!

Day 2 of #apail22 is in the books, and we’re still beaming with excitement over our tour of the Pullman Historic District. We like to think that we are ‘plan-itects’, as our work spans the fields of both planning and architecture, so a visit to Pullman is a truly a deep-dive history lesson into both disciplines.

As planners, we learned about the aspirations and pitfalls of this ‘model town’, a planned industrial community designed to ameliorate the ills Pullman observed during the Industrial Revolution. We learned about the American Railway Union Strike in 1894 as well as the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters organized by a. Philip Randolph.

As architects, the buildings are undeniably beautiful! From the grandeur of the monument to the charm of the row houses, we were taking it all in. Having a representative from the National Park Service along with Michael Shymanski, a decades-long resident of the neighborhood and a wealth of knowledge for all things Pullman, was a special treat
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Day One of #APAIL22 was amazing! Ashley and Michael are in Chicago this week, taking in the best of what planners have to offer in Illinois and beyond.  Ashley was pleased to be one of the panelists for the ‘Historic Preservation Tools’ session, and both Ashley and Michael took advantage of mobile tours including the latest on Complete Streets treatments in the Austin neighborhood.  Ending the day with an awards reception on the rooftop of the Old Post Office was icing on the cake.  We are ready for Day 2!

Day One of #apail22 was amazing! Ashley and Michael are in Chicago this week, taking in the best of what planners have to offer in Illinois and beyond. Ashley was pleased to be one of the panelists for the ‘Historic Preservation Tools’ session, and both Ashley and Michael took advantage of mobile tours including the latest on Complete Streets treatments in the Austin neighborhood. Ending the day with an awards reception on the rooftop of the Old Post Office was icing on the cake. We are ready for Day 2! ... See MoreSee Less

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Did they take their bicycles??

Fun times! Can’t wait to see our Studio GWA friends soon at the Illinois Main Street conference!

Cheesecake on a stick, fried cheese curds, historic cheesemaking demonstrations - Cheese Days 2022 in Monroe was a success! Emily, Ashley and the whole Holverson family enjoyed everything Cheese Days had to offer this weekend. When were not festing in Monroe, were working out of the downtown Monroe office on fun projects. Just need to figure out how to incorporate more cheese into those projects...🧀

Cheesecake on a stick, fried cheese curds, historic cheesemaking demonstrations - Cheese Days 2022 in Monroe was a success! Emily, Ashley and the whole Holverson family enjoyed everything Cheese Days had to offer this weekend. When we're not festing in Monroe, we're working out of the downtown Monroe office on fun projects. Just need to figure out how to incorporate more cheese into those projects...🧀 ... See MoreSee Less

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I would like to be one of your employees!!! 😊

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