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2005 VM+SD Retail Renovation Competition Winner



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When Hyde Park Bank decided to renovate its historic, 77-year-old banking hall in Chicago, the financial institution wanted to create an interactive environment focused on new products and services, while also preserving the hall as an architectural gem and established community institution.

While the bank considered the hall's impressive scale an asset, it also felt the vast space had become impersonal, dark and divided by multiple barriers. Florian Architects (Chicago) was retained to take on this renovation.

The project was completed in two phases. Teller areas for personal and business banking were consolidated, while lending services were relocated off the floor. Demolition included removing existing millwork, raised floors, lighting, stone and furnishings.

Designers reinforced and re-gilted the plaster ceiling. Personal banking and lending services were relocated to the top of the stairs at either end of the hall. Private offices, conference rooms and customer lounges were moved to the perimeter. Monolithic slabs of travertine and maple were added to separate public and private functions. These slabs help conceal work areas, create circulation and keep workstation files from public view without compromising the openness of the spaces.

The teller line pavilion was re-created so that it appears to be floating on a band of light against a backdrop of silver back-painted glass. Circles lit by color-coded LED illumination signal availability of tellers.


In the reception area, red onyx echoes the color and ornate pattern of the hall's existing ceiling and handrails. Other additions include: a stainless-steel riser and glass floor, signaling the transition to personal services; a glowing desk in the online banking center, incorporating media screens, banking literature and stainless-steel trays; and executive offices defined by pommele mahogany, with patterned glass, window scrims and woven metal screens lit from the floor to control privacy.

Client: Hyde Park Bank & Trust Co., Chicago
Timothy Goodsell, president

Architect: Florian Architects Ltd., Chicago
Paul Florian, principal
Wade Ziperstein, project architect
E. Alper Aydinalp, Gary Hodonicky, Pollawat Petavanich and Robert Sellars, project team

General Contractor: Power Construction Co. LLC, Schaumburg, Ill.

Outside Design Consultants: The Engineering Studio Inc., Park Ridge, Ill. (MEP/FP engineer)
Thorton Tomasetti Engineers, Chicago (structural engineer)
Schuler & Shook Inc., Chicago (lighting)
Shen Milson & Wilke Inc., Chicago (acoustical engineer)
The Grillo Group Inc., Chicago (graphic designer)
Thoma/Wright, Chicago (color, materials, furniture)

Glazing: Trainor Glass Co., Alsip, Ill.


Glass Etching and Back Painting: Florian Architects Ltd., Chicago
Skyline Design, Chicago

Anti-reflective glass: SCHOTT North America Inc., Elmsford, N.Y.

Glass Floors: Florian Architects Ltd., Chicago
Oldcastle Glass-Rock Hill Specialty, Rock Hill, S.C.

Glass Doors: Trainor Glass Co., Alsip, Ill.

Metal Doors: Ceco Door, Milan, Tenn.

Wood Doors: Oshkosh Architectural Door Co., Oshkosh, Wis.
Acoustical Ceilings and Suspension Grid: USG Corp., Chicago


Cabinetwork and Custom Woodwork: Florian Architects Ltd., Chicago
United Woodworking Inc., Schaumburg, Ill.

Paints and Stains: Sherwin Williams, Cleveland
Faux Painting by Ylli Baka & Tiffiny Decorating Co., Chicago
Tiger Drylac Powder Coatings, Ontario, Calif.

Wallcoverings: Thybony, Chicago

Paneling: Veneer Specialists, Chicago
R.S. Bacon Veneer Co., Chicago

Laminates: Nevamar Co., Odenton, Md.
Wilsonart Intl., Temple, Texas
Advanced Technology Inc, Greensboro, N.C.

Rubber Resin Seat Cushions: Charles Hickok Industrial Design LLC, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Stainless-Steel Screens: GKD Metal Fabrics, Cambridge, Md.
Stainless-Steel Grills, Handrails, Baseboard and Furniture Components: Florian Architects Ltd., Chicago
Welding Apparatus Co., Chicago

Window Shading: MechoShade Systems, Long Island City, N.Y.
Marvin Feig & Associates, Chicago

Special Surfacing: MB Wellington Studio, Nashua, N.H.
Corian, Wilmington, Del.
Murphy Marble Co., Chicago
Chicago Copper & Iron Works Inc., Chicago
Brann Clay Products Co., Alsip, Ill.
Lonseal, Carson, Calif.
Amtico Intl., Atlanta
Johnsonite, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Tate Access Floors, Jessup, Md.

Signage: Avery Dennison Graphics & Reflective Products Div., Painesville, Ohio
ASI Modulex, Chicago

Furnishings: Desks Inc., Chicago

Lighting: Elliptipar, West Haven, Conn.
, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Corelite, Houston
H.E. Williams Inc., Carthage, Mo.
ERCO, Edison, N.J.
Lightolier, Fall River, Mass.
IO Lighting, Vernon Hills, Ill.
Alkco, Franklin Park, Ill.
Rex Electric Inc., Addison, Ill.
Photography: Barbara Karant, Chicago



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