An historic GEM ON THE LAKE

The Glen Ellyn Park District hired Farr Associates, as part of a larger Conservation Design Forum-led team developing a park master plan, to rehabilitate their historic Lake Ellyn Boathouse. The boathouse, a community gem, was in need of restoration and rejuvenation. The design includes a re-configuration of the plan to be more suitable for year-round events, restoration of the interior vaulted ceiling and beams, and the installation of new historically-appropriate doors and windows to open to new outdoor community areas and landscapes.  Keeping historic preservation as a priority, modern mechanical systems were used to optimize energy efficiency and keep operating costs at a minimum for the Park District. The boathouse will be able to cater to various activities for public use and private rentals. The addition of a separate restroom building is helping generate revenue to sustain the operation and maintenance of the boathouse.


Client: Glen Ellyn Park District

Location: Glen Ellyn, IL

Year: 2015

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