Garrison School Lofts

Disciplines

  • Architecture
  • Interior Design

Types

  • Housing
  • Historic/Reuse

Location
Rockford, IL

Size
17, 666SF

Awards
AIA Northern Illinois Honor Award

Rockford’s oldest school is transformed into new living space, with townhomes designed to complement a traditional neighborhood context
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Located in Rockford’s historic Signal Hill neighborhood, the Garrison School Lofts & Townhomes are a shining example of how historic preservation and new construction can be stitched together within a traditional neighborhood fabric.

a textbook example of adaptive reuse

Constructed in 1887, Garrison School retains its Queen-Anne design features while incorporating modern day residential living amenities. The school along with the gymnasium were renovated into 14 residential units that make the most of each building’s historic features. Exposed brick, reclaimed gym flooring, and exposed steel structuring hearken back to the building’s original use. Original windows, molding, stairs and bookcases were salvaged and restored and contribute to the unique character of the space.
restored, designed, and constructed in harmony with the surrounding neighborhood, Garrison School Lofts & Townhomes are a welcome addition to the Signal Hill neighborhood
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townhomes well-suited for the neighborhood

The Garrison Townhomes incorporate the same level of taste and detail as the historic Garrison School. Each space includes vaulted ceilings, expansive windows, stone countertops, and exquisite lighting. The townhomes are placed next to each other with minimal building setbacks to fit properly into a traditional neighborhood context.

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