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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

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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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Attracting new businesses. Creating new jobs. Preserving unforgettable landmarks.

The Historic Tax Credit has been a game-changing financial tool that has helped revitalize communities across the country. 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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Great info GWA. Clear and helpful video! ...and Hello Aaron !!

We had a great time at this years Illinois Main Street Conference!  Our own Ashley Sarver and Aaron Holverson led a presentation on Historic Tax Credits.  Such a pleasure to meet so many passionate leaders of Main Street communities throughout the state.

We had a great time at this year's Illinois Main Street Conference! Our own Ashley Sarver and Aaron Holverson led a presentation on Historic Tax Credits. Such a pleasure to meet so many passionate leaders of Main Street communities throughout the state. ... See MoreSee Less

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Would you have a copy of the presentation?

It’s a great day for a groundbreaking! 

Studio GWA and Engberg Anderson Architects are excited to play a role in this new chapter for the Rockford Public Library.  The site is fully remediated, and construction will now begin on a 21st century library for the Rockford community to enjoy.  

Learn more about the project on our website, and watch RPL grow in the months to come! 

https://studiogwa.com/project/rockford-public-library/

It’s a great day for a groundbreaking!

Studio GWA and Engberg Anderson Architects are excited to play a role in this new chapter for the Rockford Public Library. The site is fully remediated, and construction will now begin on a 21st century library for the Rockford community to enjoy.

Learn more about the project on our website, and watch RPL grow in the months to come!

studiogwa.com/project/rockford-public-library/
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And they’re off!  Aaron and Gary attended the groundbreaking for the adaptive reuse of Hotel Keefer in Hillsdale, Michigan last week.  Studio GWA is working with the owner to breathe new life back into this historic hotel.  The 34-room hotel will also include a bar, full-service restaurant, and retail space.

And they’re off! Aaron and Gary attended the groundbreaking for the adaptive reuse of Hotel Keefer in Hillsdale, Michigan last week. Studio GWA is working with the owner to breathe new life back into this historic hotel. The 34-room hotel will also include a bar, full-service restaurant, and retail space. ... See MoreSee Less

We may be a bit biased, but the best way to enjoy Rockford’s historic architecture is on two wheels! 

Our own Gary Anderson recently led a bike tour through downtown Rockford and adjacent neighborhoods.  From slate roofs to quarter-sawn oak doors, the attention to detail is best captured at the speed of walking and rolling.   

Gary leads tours regularly throughout the year, so stay tuned for the next one!

We may be a bit biased, but the best way to enjoy Rockford’s historic architecture is on two wheels!

Our own Gary Anderson recently led a bike tour through downtown Rockford and adjacent neighborhoods. From slate roofs to quarter-sawn oak doors, the attention to detail is best captured at the speed of walking and rolling.

Gary leads tours regularly throughout the year, so stay tuned for the next one!
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