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President’s Award

Dempster Street Station,


When this 80-year-old Prairie-style train station appeared on LPCI’s “Ten Most” list in 1995, it was in disrepair and bore the marks of several insensitive alterations. Plans for a new transportation center were calling for its demolition. In response to the concerns of preservationists, the village


agreed to lease an adjacent lot to developers interested in relocating the building. In 2002, two local developers joined forces to move the building—120 feet—and adapt it for retail use. Later additions were removed and a painstaking exterior restoration was completed using original documents. This architectural showpiece now serves as the anchor for a transit-oriented mixed-use development surrounding the terminus of the Skokie Swift “L” line.









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