Garrison School Lofts

About this project

The Garrison School Lofts project recaptures the physical integrity of a late 19th century school building, with modern day residential living amenities, and planted the seed for future development surrounding the Garrison school location. The project included the renovation of the gymnasium into condos and construction of new townhouses, creating a row house presence in the neighborhood.

Each unit contains distinct design features, including fireplaces, spiral staircases, or lofts. Most condos include vaulted ceilings, expansive windows, spectacular lighting, stone countertops and windowsills, and decks or balconies. Upper units have three levels of living space.

The project reclaimed as many existing materials as possible to optimize the mix of old and new. Features such as windows, molding, stairs, and bookcases that could be salvaged were restored.

A major utility easement was relocated and a public alley was removed to achieve an appropriate residential market appeal. Energy-efficient insulation and roofing was used. A 1960s addition was demolished to expose the building to the neighborhood, create leisure green space, and enhance site circulation.

Date of Completion:  2008
Project Type:  Featured, Historic Renovation & Adaptive Reuse, Residential
Client:  Garrison Lofts LLC
Address:  1122 N. Church Street, Rockford, IL