Landmarks Illinois recognizes two Rockford properties

Staff Report

A pair of Rockford properties have been recognized for their preservation efforts by Landmarks Illinois.

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Laurent House, on Springbrook Road, and downtown’s Prairie Street Brewhouse became the fifth and sixth local recipients of the group’s annual Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards.

“It’s certainly one of the more prestigious preservation awards here in the state,” said architect Gary Anderson. “Rockford is certainly doing its part in preserving its heritage and history and being recognized for it is a great sign of those efforts.”

Anderson says both buildings represent unique parts of Rockford’s architectural heritage, with the Brewhouse drawing back to the city’s industrial age and its relationship with the Rock River, and the Laurent House showing the national shift in accessibility via design.

“Laurent House – being designed of course by one of the more renowned architects of the day and being so far ahead of the curve with accessibility – it says a lot about what Wright did to advance architecture, and how it could be made to adapt to people with special needs.

“Those ideas, much like his architecture, are still relevant today. They’re still unique and fresh.”

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