The conservatory provides an 11,000 square foot exhibition of beautiful tropical trees, plants, and flowers. It has become a community gathering site for live music, weddings, special events, and meetings offering an intimate connection to the flora within and the riverfront at its banks. A gift to the community via the Nicholas family, the conservatory and its grounds has hours worth of exploration opportunities for families.
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.
The historic Keefer Hotel was a social center for Hillsdale and many public and private functions were held there after its construction in 1864. Several well-known guests graced the halls of the hotel including Annie Oakley, John Ringling, and “Buffalo Bill” Cody. To date, the building serves as one of the most historically intact buildings Studio GWA has had the pleasure to work on.