Unanimously impressed with the striking beauty and execution of this renovation, the judges praised Daniel P. Coffey & Associates' transformation of'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
Square Footage: 140,000
Architect: Daniel P. Coffey & Associates, Chicago
Client: Bloomingdale's/Federated Department Stores
Cost: More than $14 million
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
Audio/Visual Consultant: Thorburn Associates, SPL.
Display Fixtures & Millwork: Goebel Fixture Co. NorthwesternWoodwork Geron; J.P. Metal
Metals, Glass, Special Finishes: North American Metal Craft Universal Atofinca Chemicals Twin City Creative Mirror