Garrison School Lofts & Town Homes

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, and spiral staircases. Most condos include vaulted ceilings, expansive windows, spectacular lighting, stone countertops and windowsills along with decks or balconies.

The project reclaimed and preserved as many of the 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 1960s addition was demolished to expose the original building façade to the neighborhood, create leisure green space, and to enhance site circulation.

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