Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

With nearly 120 years of uninterrupted service to Chicago’s Northwest Side, Damen Station was substantially altered and in need of complete rehabilitation. The station’s 24-hour use pattern use had left it heavily worn with a deteriorated foundation and roof. Many interior partitions were altered or removed. CTA developed the project’s scope of work by first identifying extant historic features of the property to maintain in situ and/or restore. Improvements contained within the project were intended to retain or complement the station’s primary historic features. The project relied heavily on historical design precedents and ca. 1895 original architectural drawings for guidance. Restoration efforts focused on the stationhouse exterior and other surviving design elements. The project repointed, repaired, or replaced brick and stone units, refinished the original metal railing system, and installed architectural lighting to highlight the station’s historic façade. Other improvements included repainting the elevated structure, upgrading customer amenities, and electrical improvements. Under the project, the stationhouse interior was renewed with wall and ceiling finishes and installed new dedicated spaces for interpretation and historical photos.

Architect of Record

Ross Barney Architects

Associate Architect

Johnson Lasky Architects


Chicago Transit Authority

General Contractor

PH PAschen