2022 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Adaptive Reuse
The expansion of the new indoor Rockford City Market involved the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of three deteriorated interconnected historic buildings in downtown Rockford adjacent to the existing outdoor market. The nonprofit Rock River Development Partnership (RRDP), which operates the weekly market, spearheaded six years of planning and fundraising for this effort to provide year-round market space for vendors, offer an incubator kitchen for small businesses and restaurants, serve as a source of income for the organization and ultimately aid in the revitalization of downtown Rockford.
The rehabilitation consisted of substantial masonry repair and replacement, window replacement, and interior repairs with wood floor salvage and restoration. The interior houses new offices, commercial spaces and a food hall in a new atrium with a new stair, elevator and skylight to provide natural light in the deep footprint of the building and serve as a physical and visual connection to all three floors. Illuminated historic photos of the buildings and early businesses were installed in the atrium. Bricked-in openings now feature glazed garage doors that open up to the weekly outdoor market and event pavilion just across the alley.
The Rockford City Market is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This project was funded in part using federal and state historic preservation tax credits and New Market Tax Credits (first NMTC project in Rockford).
(Photo credit: Rock River Development Partnership)