1881 Farmstead Exterior Restoration

Mahomet, IL *Heritage Award Winner* The exterior siding and trim of this 1881 Mahomet Farmstead were removed down to the original skip-sheathing to make way for proper air sealing and insulation, house-wrap, flashing, new clapboard siding and trim. Many of the windows were lovingly restored and protected with newly fabricated wood storms. The original front […]

Energy efficient exterior restoration of an historic farmstead in Mahomet, IL.

Exterior Siding Renovation of 1950’s Japanese Style Home

Champaign, IL *Residential Heritage Award winner* Alternating colors of clear cedar siding, trim, and stucco panels revived the original beauty of this architect-designed, Japanese style home. The harmonious proportions and steady rhythms of each elevation are no longer obscured by weathered wood. The house once again provides a warm and structured backdrop behind the verdant […]

Exterior siding renovation with alternating colors of clear cedar siding, trim, and stucco panels revived the original beauty of this architect-designed, Japanese style home.

McKinley Presbyterian Church & Foundation Window Restoration

Champaign, IL The windows in the historic church range from the original Tiffany “Good Samaritan” installed in 1912 to the more recent Allen “Families” window in 1999. We restored the frames and refabricated some pieces, as well as increased energy efficiency with added insulation.

Restored arched windows in McKinley Presbyterian Church in Champaign

Victorian Italianate Homestead Restoration

East Illinois *Landmark Heritage Award Winner* This farmhouse homestead has seen many changes since its construction in 1874. New Prairie worked closely with the architect and the homeowners to restore both exterior and interior portions of the house. Some of the house was also renovated, and two separate additions and a garage were added.

Fireplace, mantelpiece, and restored hardwood floors in historic restoration of Victorian Italinate Homestead in East Central IL

Queen Anne Wrap-Around Porch, Balcony, and Gables

*Heritage Award Winner* This 3-story Queen Anne was built in 1901 by James P. Kerr (1834-1918), a local mason and brickyard owner. It is listed as one of Urbana’s 100 Most Significant Buildings and received a Preservation and Conservation (PACA) Heritage Award in 2018.

Copper gutters and downspouts on award-winning historic preservation construction project

Rolled Steel Window Restoration

Champaign, IL *Residential Heritage Award Winner* Given the historic significance of this 1924 home, the owners decided that restoration of the windows was a better choice than replacing the failing windows.

Exterior of rolled steel window restoration project in Champaign IL

Wilber Mansion Pergola

Champaign, IL *Heritage Landscape Award Winner* The Wilber Mansion pergola was rebuilt based on the original design, found in photographs from 1935. It is well over one hundred feet in length. When New Prairie began the project, only the original limestone foundation remained at the site.

Historic preservation project to rebuild Wilber mansion pergola

Orpheum Children’s Science Museum Lobby and Mezzanine Restoration

Urbana, IL *Adaptive Use Heritage Award Winner* This historic preservation project recreated the missing and damaged plaster mouldings that decorated the interior, repaired or replaced all surfaces in the lobby and mezzanine areas, and adapted the floor plan to meet the functional requirements of a children’s science museum. In its heyday, this turn-of-the-century downtown theatre […]

Great Hall, Historic restoration of Orpheum Children's Science Museum in Champaign IL

Historic Orpheum Auditorium Restoration

Champaign, IL *Landmark Heritage Award Winner* The New Orpheum Theatre opened its doors on October 14, 1914. Ninety-five years later, in October of 2009, a fundraising wine gala was held to celebrate the restoration of the auditorium.

Wine gala at the fully restored Orpheum Auditorium in Champaign IL

Copper Front Porch Overhang

Champaign, IL Sometimes, a small architectural feature can have a large impact on defining the look of a façade. When the new homeowners of this Champaign home inherited such a feature, restoring the original arched, Craftsman-style overhang was the only option on the table. The soldered copper roof will patina from its current color to […]

Copper Front Porch Overhang restoration project in Champaign IL.