Unanimously impressed with the striking beauty and execution of this renovation, the judges praised Daniel P. Coffey & Associates' transformation of Chicago's 1912 Medinah Temple to a four-story Bloomingdale's Home & Furniture store. The city supported the project, giving the developer $14 million in financing (total cost for the project is undisclosed). By demolishing only the interior and keeping the brick and terra cotta structure intact, designers lowered the entrance to street level, created an atrium surrounded by open display space and replicated the Temple's original copper, onion-shaped domes. “This is an outstanding metamorphosis to landmark status, with a great innovative to restore an historic structure to new uses,” says Jim Ryan of Callison.

Project Name: Bloomingdale's/Medinah Temple

Location: Chicago

Square Footage: 140,000

Architect: Daniel P. Coffey & Associates, Chicago

Client: Bloomingdale's/Federated Department Stores

Construction Cost: More than $14 million

Credits

General Contractor: W.E. O'Neill Construction Co.

MEP/FP Engineer: JEK, Inc.

Structural Engineer: Tyik Gustafon, Reckers, Wilson, Andrews, LLC.

Lighting Engineer: Horton Less Brogden Lighting Design

Audio/Visual Consultant: Thorburn Associates, SPL.

Display Fixtures & Millwork: Goebel Fixture Co. Northwestern International Woodwork Geron; J.P. Metal

Metals, Glass, Special Finishes: North American Metal Craft Universal Atofinca Chemicals Twin City Creative Mirror