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Architect's Challenge Showdown: Some amazing Midwest projects


On Friday we brought you some great Architect’s Challenge Showdown projects from the East Coast. Today we’ll be taking a look at some great Midwestern projects. This might be considered flyover country by some people, but the caliber of design in these projects leaves no doubt that the Midwest has a thriving, vibrant architectural community. Plus, there’s one particular great window company in the northern part of the Midwest that makes some pretty darn fabulous windows and doors, if we do say so ourselves!

Prior to the remodel, the existing kitchen in this home was a long, narrow, and cluttered space with dated decoration. The client wanted to use the existing space to create a clean, contemporary kitchen and add a simple, organized home office while allowing for ease of mobility for their son in a wheelchair.

Kitchen Remodel by Steven Ginn of Steven Ginn Architects

This modern residential design expressing form and materials is located in a heavily wooded sand dune adjacent to Lake Michigan. A 2,400-square-foot open-floor plan takes advantage of views to the surrounding natural landscape. Use of materials such as standing seam metal roofing, cement fiber siding, painted steel and wood accompany the Marvin aluminum clad wood windows and doors.

Livington Beach House

Livington Beach House by David Kennedy of PPK Architects

This project was a complete transformation of an early 1900s gatehouse that is sited on a majestic lakefront property. The site was once home to a boys’ camp, and this structure was the original gatehouse. The structure was sided with half-logs, and the floor plan was very cut up. The owner wanted this building to reflect her love of English and French architecture, as well as a place to store some of her collection of antiques and vintage “found” pieces from her many travels.

Gate House

The Gatehouse by Jeff Murphy of Murphy & Co. Design

Over on the commercial side, we think you’re going to love these two buildings. They combine Midwest sensibility with keen eyes for commercial renovation.

The Pavilion at Marquette Park is a two-story building clad with brick and topped with a clay tile roof. Originally designed by George Maher & Son in 1926, the Pavilion, its connecting bridge, and the outdoor dance pavilion are considered some of the finest examples of Prairie style park structures in the Midwest. Maher’s original design was kept in mind for restoration of both the interior and exterior of the Pavilion.


Marquette Park Pavilion by Bill Latoza of Bauerlatoza Studio

This mixed-use project consists of two historic buildings that were combined to serve three distinct tenants. The old brick bakery building and adjacent tavern, built in the early 1900s, were repurposed for the new trading offices of Muller Trading upstairs and two upscale restaurants that made their home in the main level.


MEG Properties by Robert Bleck of Bleck & Bleck Architects LLC

If you think the Midwest is best, then you’ll want to head over to the Architect’s Challenge Showdown to check out all of our amazing projects in the Midwest–and throughout the country. Vote now!