Award for Restoration

Martin Mitchell Mansion and Carriage House


The restoration of these two historic structures was based on meticulous research compiled into a four-volume historic structures report. The mansion and carriage house were the original acquisitions for Naper Settlement, a living history museum located in a western suburb of Chicago. The $2.8 million project took four years to complete, encompassing a thorough interior and exterior restoration of both the 19th-century mansion and adjacent wood-frame carriage house. “The intricacy of the restoration and the great lengths that were taken to restore period details” set this project apart in the eyes of the jury. Restored to their period of historic significance, these properties accurately convey the residential and agricultural practices of Victorian-era society.

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