Lily Holt Reid Memorial Chapel at Lake Forest College - 100 North Sheridan Road

Year of award: 
2004
Award category: 
Renovation
Restoration architect: 
David Woodhouse

ADA guidelines and economic restrictions were critical factors in improving access to the historic Lily Reid Holt Memorial Chapel at Lake Forest College.  The new main entry ramp removes an architectural barrier to accessibility.  In doing so, it creates a system of walks, steps, and ramps that shapes exterior garden spaces and provides a new frontispiece for the main Sheridan Road elevation.  The ground level was raised at the crossing, allowing half of the required ramping to be transformed into sidewalks on the grade and eliminating half of the earlier handrails.  The smooth limestone, staggered planes, and sloped copings of the ground-hugging walls reflect the English Gothic exterior of the chapel and integrate building, ramps, and landscape.