Old McHenry County Courthouse


  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Historic Tax Credit Consulting


  • Active Projects
  • Historic/Reuse
  • Workspace
  • Restaurant
  • Hospitality
  • Cultural

Woodstock, IL


a community gem on the square goes from underutilized to active, adaptable space

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Since 1857, the Old McHenry County Courthouse has been the centerpiece of the town square in Woodstock, Illinois.  Consisting of the original Courthouse and Sheriff’s house, these landmark buildings are undergoing a complete renovation that will include retail, restaurant, event, and community spaces. 

original materials, modern accessibility

Studio GWA was selected by the City of Woodstock to provide architectural design services for the Old McHenry County Courthouse.  Working with Bulley and Andrews, the full renovation addresses each space of the Courthouse and Sheriff’s House and pays special attention to its historic features.  Original woodwork, plasterwork, transom windows, and more are being restored and showcased.

Enhancing accessibility has been one of our primary design tasks for this project. The addition of an elevator on the Throop Street entrance required a careful design of a façade that was sensitive to the context of the original buildings while meeting the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

a deep understanding of the buildings, a longstanding history with the client

For over 10 years, Studio GWA has worked alongside the City of Woodstock in their efforts to restore and redevelop the Old McHenry County Courthouse.   Our team has provided design assistance for critical items including restoration of the copper cupola, lightning protection, structural modifications, woodwork restoration, and entry stair restoration to both buildings.  The renovation of the Old McHenry County Courthouse is anticipated to be complete by the second quarter of 2023.

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