Face lift proposed for 820 Davis building

A rendering of the building's proposed new look.

The new owners of the 820 Davis office building downtown will seek approval from Evanston's Design and Project Review Committee this afternoon for plans to stain the now red-brick building to transform its facade to dark grey and white.


A view of the building's facade as it looks now.

Free Market Ventures, headed by long-time Chicago developer Jack Buck, in partnership with Blue Vista Capital Management, acquired the building in March from Charles Happ, who had purchased it in 2002 for $6.25 million. County records indicate the new sales price was $10.6 million.

The 77,000-square-foot building was constructed in 1975 and at one time served as the headquarters for the Baird & Warner real estate firm.

The renovation plans also include replacing the storefront windows along the ground-floor facade and the electric baseboard heating system for the storefronts.

They also include erecting a new glass and steel canopy over the buiding entry and a new metal sun shade louver system on the building's roof.

The Design and Project Review Committee meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Room 2404 at the Civic Center.


Update 3:10 p.m.: The committee approved the remodeling plans unanimously.

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