Goodrich Hall Renovation

Project Status: COMPLETED

Completed: 2016

Project Description & Statistics

Goodrich Hall (located at 2321 Sheridan Road in Evanston, IL) is part of a series of recent Northwestern residential projects that are designed to promote a sense of community. Originally constructed in 1932, it was renovated with new lounges, study spaces, and a small kitchen on the first floor. Sleeping rooms have been kept simple and compact to encourage residents to mingle in the common spaces. An apartment was incorporated into the lower level for a member of the faculty and their family to live in close proximity to the students. Loosely based on the traditional college system within a university, it allows for casual interactions and mentorship opportunities.

The renovation included the complete restoration of the original ornate brickwork. The masonry at the new additions used brick from the original manufacturer who still had the original color formula. All mechanical systems were completely replaced and air conditioning was added which enabled summertime use of the building. A new accessible entrance as well as accessible sleeping rooms and bathrooms were added. Important historic features, both at the exterior and interior were restored.

With community as the impetus, the building has been carefully transformed while maintaining the intimate scale and delicate detailing of the original. It is the backdrop for a new direction in collegiate residential life for the university.

Project Team

Architect, Engineers & Consultants

Architect: Dan Weese, Weese Langley Weese Architects
Contractor: WB Olson