Aurora Arts Center

Aurora, Illinois , United States

Aerial View ©2020
Aerial View ©2020

The John C. Dunham Aurora Arts Center is a transformative project that builds on three central themes in urban revitalization: The arts; mixed-use development; and partnerships to achieve adaptive use and preservation goals. It is a programmatically complex historic preservation and adaptive-reuse project that repositions two important landmark buildings at the center of Stolp Island in downtown Aurora.

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Building exterior ©2020
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Facade details ©2020

The Center provides 38 new affordableartist-preference apartments (Artesan Lofts); a performing arts school (Paramount School of the Arts); theater rehearsal spaces (Paramount Theatre rehearsal spaces); and a restaurant (Stolp Island Social House) housed within 80,000 square feet of historic buildings. Bringing in the Paramount School as a major tenant creates synergy between the Arts Center and the adjacent historic Paramount Theater. The resulting development has spurred Aurora’s ongoing downtown revitalization.

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Theater rehearsal spaces ©2020
Theater rehearsal spaces ©2020
Theater rehearsal spaces ©2020
Theater rehearsal spaces ©2020
Theater rehearsal spaces ©2020

The Aurora Arts Center is comprised of the historic Block and Kuhl and Stanley Building, completed in 1928 and 1925 respectively. The two buildings were jointed at the interior in the late 1980s to serve as the downtown campus for the Waubonsee Community College. After the community college moved down the block, the floorplates of these buildings proved a redevelopment puzzle, causing the buildings to sit idle for over six years. The long neglected, dilapidated buildings had frustrated previous redevelopment and threatened perceptions of downtown Aurora. Their adaptive reuse, with the three main program elements distributed throughout the buildings was challenging and required creative thinking. The Aurora Arts Center brings new life to these historic buildings and downtown Aurora.

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Transformation of the former ©2020
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Building interior ©2020
Building interior ©2020
Building interior ©2020

Drawings

Site Plan ©2020 Cordogan Clark
Site Plan ©2020 Cordogan Clark
Lower level floor plan ©2020 Cordogan Clark
Lower level floor plan ©2020 Cordogan Clark
First level floor plan ©2020 Cordogan Clark
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Second level floor plan ©2020 Cordogan Clark
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Third level floor plan ©2020 Cordogan Clark
Third level floor plan ©2020 Cordogan Clark
Section ©2020 Cordogan Clark
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Program Datas

Design Architects and Architects of Record Cordogan Clark
Restaurant design and buildout DXU
Restoration MacRostie Historic Advisors
Interior Design VARA
General Contractor McShane Construction
Restaurant design Ode Creative Consulting
Project size 90000
Site size 100000 平方英尺
Project Budget $22000000
Completion date 2020
Building levels 4

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