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Indian Boundary Park Fieldhouse, Rehabbed After Fire, Again Honored

By Benjamin Woodard | October 16, 2014 5:27am
 Park supervisor Phil Martini had been waiting nearly two years to move back into the burned field house.
Indian Boundary Park Field House Restoration
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WEST ROGERS PARK — The restoration of the burned-out Indian Boundary Park fieldhouse received its second preservation award, Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th) announced Wednesday.

Landmarks Illinois awarded the restoration project — among six other projects throughout the state — the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award.

The project was also a recipient in May of the city's Preservation Excellence Award.

A fire severely damaged the landmark building in 2012.

The entire restoration cost $1.5 million, but the tab was covered by the Chicago Park District's insurance policy, said park district spokeswoman Jessica Maxey-Faulkner.

The restoration included all new electrical, new interior finishes, new slate roof, new steel roof beams, new copper gutters, masonry repairs and restoration of "destroyed" historic chandeliers and wall sconces, she said.

The fieldhouse, built in the 1920s and designated a Chicago landmark in 2005, reopened in January.

Park supervisor Phil Martini had said the fieldhouse's memorable Native American relief artwork, sculpted from plaster and wood trim, was also restored by an art restoration specialist.

The auditorium's ceiling was reinforced with steel support beams. Its wood floor was also replaced.

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