Landmarks Illinois will mark its tenth annual Legendary Landmarks Celebration by awarding ‘landmark’ status to three civic and cultural leaders: Construction Firm Bulley & Andrews, Historian Tim Samuelson and Business Leader Rocky Wirtz. The awards will be given at Landmarks Illinois’ Legendary Landmarks Celebration Thursday, March 19, 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago.
“The three honorees have made extraordinary impacts on the cultivation and sustainability of Chicago’s architectural and historical culture,” said Bonnie McDonald, President and CEO of Landmarks Illinois. “Bulley & Andrews, in its fourth generation of building, remains a forerunner of construction innovation.”
Founded in 1891, Bulley & Andrews spans three centuries of building and restoring Chicago’s skyline. One of the Midwest’s most trusted and accomplished construction firms, Bulley & Andrews keeps its ties to tradition while utilizing cutting edge technology to stay at the vanguard of construction innovation. Now planning its 125th anniversary in 2016, this fourth generation, family-owned and operated firm is led by Allan E. Bulley, Jr. With a regional focus and national reach, Bulley & Andrews has restored many of Illinois’ most important historic landmarks including: Robie House, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Ragdale, St. Columba, the St. Charles Riverwall, the Monroe Building and the Chicago Athletic Association. The firm also orchestrated the move of the Harriet Rees House, one of the largest homes ever moved in the nation.
Allan E. Bulley Jr., representing Bulley & Andrews will be introduced at the celebration by Museum of Science and Industry President and CEO David Mosena. WTTW television journalist and Chicago historian Geoffrey Baer will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Event Co-Chairs are Joseph Antunovich, AIA, Richard H. Driehaus, Leslie Hindman and Lois Weisberg.
Proceeds from the event will in part benefit Landmarks Illinois’ Preservation Heritage Grant Fund which provides essential financial assistance for the revitalization of historically and architecturally significant properties statewide. This investment, in turn, encourages economic growth, creates jobs, promotes tourism and safeguards a sense of place, identity and quality of life for generations to come.
For a look at the video celebrating Bulley & Andrews’ landmark status, click below: